Citizenship after World War I #galicia

Anita Frankel

Fellow Galitzianas,

I can add a little information to the discussion.

A few years ago I found a reference to a possible relative: Moses Weingast
had arrived in NY in 1932 for a business trip. The ship manifest listed him
as an Austrian citizen living in Vienna. Hoping to learn more about him, I
wrote to several governmental offices in Vienna for passport information.

The most useful response came >from Osterreichischers (umlat on the O)
Staatarchiv; Archiv der Republik. I was surprised to learn that my "great
uncle" was *not* a citizen of Austria, although he was traveling on an
Austrian passport. I was informed that he had twice applied for citizenship
but was denied in accordance with the regulations of the St. Germaine Peace
Treaty at the end of World War I. Austria claimed that as the successor
state they were not required to grant citizenship to anyone whose race and
language (German) were not in accord with the majority of the Austrian
population. These documents are dated 1920 and 1921.

Weingast was a successful businessman living in Vienna who wanted Austrian
citizenship. I have not been able to find out if he survived the holocaust.

Anita Frankel

from near Hartford, CT., USA

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