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  • The federal government assigned responsibility for the management of Volkswagenwerk GmbH to the state of Lower Saxony
  • The British Military Government saved the Wolfsburg plant from demolition in 1945
  • REME Major Ivan Hirst turned a ruined armaments factory into a functioning plant for the production of the VW Beetle

70 years ago, on October 8, 1949, the British Military Government handed over trusteeship of Volkswagenwerk GmbH to the Federal Republic of Germany. The young West German state, which had only been founded shortly before with the promulgation of the Basic Law on May 23, 1949, assigned responsibility for the administration of the company to the state of Lower Saxony.

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