Did you know Mercedes is named after a chief rabbi’s granddaughter?main
Hitler didn’t or he’d have rode a different car.
The original Mercedes Jellinek, for whom the car was named in 1901, was the daughter of Emil Jellinek, entrepreneurial owner of Daimler Motors.
Mercedes married twice into the ruined Austrian aristocracy and died of cancer in 1929, aged 39.
Her paternal grandfather, Adolf Jellinek, was rabbi of Vienna’s Leopoldstadt synagogue, moving to the Seitenstetten synagogue in 1865, where he was considered to be the city’s unofficial chief rabbi. He was known to Freud, Schnitzler, Herzl and Gustav Mahler.
So Hitler rode a Jewish car. Who knew?
Read more about Mercedes Jellinek here.