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Germany Easing of Restoration of German Citizenship for Descendants of Nazi Persecution #Germany

Jan Meisels Allen
 

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior eased the rules regarding restoration of citizenship for descendants of victims of National Socialist persecution. Under certain circumstances some individuals may more easily acquire German citizenship.  The edict was dated August 30, 2019.

 

Those who stand to benefit include:

 

  • children born in wedlock before April 1, 1953, to German mothers whose citizenship had been revoked and foreign fathers;
  • children born out of wedlock before July 1, 1993, to German fathers whose citizenship had been revoked and foreign mothers, provided the paternity of those children was recognized and determined under German law prior to their reaching the age of 23; and
  • children whose German parent had acquired foreign citizenship and lost their German citizenship amid National Socialist persecution, including children whose mothers emigrated as a result of persecution and lost their German citizenship prior to April 1, 1953, through marriage to a foreign man;

 

            and, in most cases, their descendants.

 

The edict may be read at:

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/pressemitteilungen/DE/2019/08/wiedergutmachung-ns-verbrechen.html

It is in German. However, if you use Chrome as your browser it will translate it, or use a translation service such as

https://translate.google.com/

 

You may also read a release from the German Missions in the United States which explains the existing law and information on obtaining German citizenship. It also has a link for the application for naturalization. See:

https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/03-Citizenship/restoration-of-german-citizenship/925120

This is available in both English and German which you can chose at the upper right of the page.


An article about this may be read at:

https://www.dw.com/en/descendants-of-nazi-era-jews-fight-for-german-citizenship/a-50211163

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

JimG
 

Thank you for noting Germany's ongoing reconciliation efforts.
Justly administering the latest rulings is not trivial, apparently.
Current guidance and discussion of legislative initiatives is found at the Article 116 Exclusions Group website:
https://www.article116exclusionsgroup.org/about

Regards,
Jim Gelbort

David Cherson
 

Hi,
Personally I am glad to see Germany move further in reconciliation, etc., and I have always maintained that they are far ahead of Austria in this regard.  However I find it absurd and a little bit insulting to see Jews trying to claim German citizenship.  I can't help but think that there are two things that influence this "movement" and have very little to do with German reconciliation. One is how people view the current (US) administration (yes, "him") and their fears of the US going extreme right-wing (won't happen, we are still and will remain a democracy), and two not giving a thought to aliyah to Israel because of their dislike of Netanyahu, et.al.  Well they still engage in free and democratic elections in Israel (perhaps too many lol) and once you become a citizen you can vote.  I did and I have voted in past elections.  But if you really do want to acquire German citizenship then I would require that you do the following: for men, put on a kippah and walk the streets of German cities, say Berlin for example.  Or for both men and women wear some identifying clothing that makes gentiles think that you are Jewish, whether you are or not.  If you come out of that experience with no problems, etc. then fine become a German citizen if that is what you want.  As my father would say "Gain und zay gezint". 

torontorsh@...
 

There is another reason for doing this... it gets you into the entire
European Union with that one citizenship. If I or my children choose to
do it, it will be because of that rather than any intention of going to
or living in Germany.

FWIW,
RsH, whose parents got out in 1939 from the Friesheim area.


On Wed, 13 Nov 2019 07:10:01 -0800, you wrote:

Hi,
Personally I am glad to see Germany move further in reconciliation, etc., and I have always maintained that they are far ahead of Austria in this regard.  However I find it absurd and a little bit insulting to see Jews trying to claim German citizenship.  I can't help but think that there are two things that influence this "movement" and have very little to do with German reconciliation. One is how people view the current (US) administration (yes, "him") and their fears of the US going extreme right-wing (won't happen, we are still and will remain a democracy), and two not giving a thought to aliyah to Israel because of their dislike of Netanyahu, et.al.  Well they still engage in free and democratic elections in Israel (perhaps too many lol) and once you become a citizen you can vote.  I did and I have voted in past elections.  But if you really do want to acquire German citizenship then I would require that you do the following: for men, put on a kippah and walk the streets of
German cities, say Berlin for example.  Or for both men and women wear some identifying clothing that makes gentiles think that you are Jewish, whether you are or not.  If you come out of that experience with no problems, etc. then fine become a German citizen if that is what you want.  As my father would say "Gain und zay gezint".

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Lisa Lepore
 

Hi Joan,

 

I agree that many are unhappy with today’s US politics.  You often hear people say they will leave the US, but really, how many people are likely to do that?  

There has been quite an increase in the number of people trying to get Italian dual citizenship – some for this very reason.    

 

I am not Jewish, so I may have a different point of view, but to me I see it not as insulting, but rather as people taking the opportunity to regain something that was taken away from them. 

They don’t have to want to live in Germany.  With a German passport they can go anywhere in the EU.   Maybe they will just use it to take advantage of shorter lines when travelling, or being

able to stay in an EU country for a longer time, or maybe they will do nothing with their citizenship at all other than to say they regained it, because they could. 

 

Lisa Lepore

Mendon, MA

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Hi,
Personally I am glad to see Germany move further in reconciliation, etc., and I have always maintained that they are far ahead of Austria in this regard.  However I find it absurd and a little bit insulting to see Jews trying to claim German citizenship.  I can't help but think that there are two things that influence this "movement" and have very little to do with German reconciliation. One is how people view the current (US) administration (yes, "him") and their fears of the US going extreme right-wing (won't happen, we are still and will remain a democracy), and two not giving a thought to aliyah to Israel because of their dislike of Netanyahu, et.al.  Well they still engage in free and democratic elections in Israel (perhaps too many lol) and once you become a citizen you can vote.  I did and I have voted in past elections.  But if you really do want to acquire German citizenship then I would require that you do the following: for men, put on a kippah and walk the streets of German cities, say Berlin for example.  Or for both men and women wear some identifying clothing that makes gentiles think that you are Jewish, whether you are or not.  If you come out of that experience with no problems, etc. then fine become a German citizen if that is what you want.  As my father would say "Gain und zay gezint".