May 28: Volkswagen was founded on this date in 1937

To its credit, the modern conglomerate known as Volkswagen AG has spent much of the past several decades atoning for the society of its creation — under the direction of Adolph Hitler, who envisioned a German version of Henry Ford’s Model T, who recruited Ferdinand Porsche to design the car that became the Beetle and who set up the “Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH” on this date in 1937.