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AbstractStarting with the author's own experience of ghostliness in the archive, the article explores the political meaning of the postwar Volkswagen in West Germany as embodiment of the country's "economic miracle." The investigation follows the uncanny in texts and images about the Volkswagen between 1945 and 1960 and argues that the car carried with it a "public secret" as a "debris" from the Nazi empire that silently transcended the 1945 divide. This reading of the Volkswagen as well as thedoi:10.1017/s0010417520000158 fatcat:rcgif5645fe4lhlznwv574u4ue