Obtaining German Citizenship for Victims of Nazi Persecution
A really excellent firm. They knew exactly how to handle my situation effectively and efficiently, and we got the result I needed without much fuss. Adi Berger was a wonderful advocate for me and I am deeply grateful for her help!
Dongdiet & Nellie
We are very happy with the services. Somehow they managed to translate the law lingo into language we actually understand 😉 and their outstanding YouTube videos helped us to have a better grasp of what process we had to go through. Their patience, clear explanation and experience are very valuable. It's also very nice to know that you will receive response promptly; it made us feel we can really trust their services. We recommend all those looking for immigration lawyers to get in touch.
Michael and Ariellah Waizman
For Advocate Joshua Pex.
We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.
The service is amazing! Always ready to assist without regard to the time it takes. The advice Mr. Pex gave us was great, such as what to do, he gave useful links, and advice about which officials to contact. The price for the service was great!
The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.
We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!
We highly recommend Adv. Mike Decker and have know him for many years. He has helped our family with many battles over the years. We recently received our permanent residency after 23 years in Israel. We so much appreciate Mike’s representation of us.
We have been working with Decker, Pex Ofir & Co - Law Firm in Tel Aviv for many years very well. Because we appreciated their lawyers services, we recommended businesses and individuals again and again to go there as well.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
I have been receiving services from this Law Firm for several years now and I want to say THANK YOU to the team, especially Joshua Pex. They are doing outstanding work. The services I have received for both our Israeli non profit association but also our social business have helped us solve many issues at hand and provided solutions in complicated situations. Personally, I am grateful for support in visa issues as a foreigner living now in Israel for many years.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!
Oded Ger did an excellent job by reviewing a modeling contract I was offered. Explained the bad clauses in the contract, and their possible consequences. Thank you for your amazing job, your professionalism, your consultation and honesty. You showed me from your experience how it can be done differently. It was the best decision choosing you as my lawyer.
I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.
If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.
We were very satisfied with the service of Nehama. She was very professional in all her dealings and kept us informed all the way.
We highly recommend this law firm. They proved to be reliable, efficient and pleasant to work with.
Marce Ruth St. Rey
Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
We bless and thank the entire team at Decker Pex Tal Ofir Law Firm.
Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, and evident across the board that they truly care about the people they are helping. They are quick to respond, engaged, and obviously top-notch lawyers. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Joshua and Itamar for your help with our Joint Life Application. You were a calming energy during a storm - always breathed a sigh of relief after speaking with you. It is so difficult to get straight answers from the Misrad Hapnim, but you guys are straight shooters. I appreciate your candor and evident integrity. Hope to work with you in the future, and will send everyone I know in need of legal aid your way. Thank you for your guidance and support.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.
I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.
The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them
Best lawyer house from Israel! I couldn’t dealt with my situation without their professionalism and effectiveness. Their dedication to every legal aspect and their drive it’s how a true lawyer house can be!
Working in European market and international now, I couldn’t dare to let myself wide my wings on countries unknown to me. Definitely they’ll be the lawyers representing me, my business at every international aspect and on personal development.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.
We were searching for a law firm that will be honest with us and really work hard for a satisfying result, it wasn't an easy task
We found them online; they were the only law firm from all of our searchings which were completely honest and NOT gave us just what we wanted to hear
Using them guaranteed honesty above all. A legal team that is friendly and cares for a superb result
They really care about helping their customers without any other interest
Nadia gave us service behind what we expected; she was professional which lead to fast and easy process with great result
We definitely recommend using them
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
Very knowledgeable and professional
The team at Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co have been awesome to work with in helping our US company establish banking in Israel and in providing counsel for legal needs in Israel. I highly recommend!
I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.
Alexander P Gutterman
EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.
I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.
We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.
The team of lawyers and assistants are incredibly professional. Aiming to give their clients the advice possible regarding the normative and the law of Israel. With well trained and professional secretary at the front desk to the lawyers team, I could say that I had one of the most professional services possible. I'm super glad of choosing Joshua Pex of Law office for immigration solution, lawyers to advise in my case, to me, it is remarkable.
In May 2020, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany expanded the circle of those entitled to receive citizenship, in accordance with new regulations of the German Nationality Law, easing the naturalization of Nazi victims and their descendants and eliminating the need to pass language proficiency tests, to stay for several years in Germany, or to meet a number of other requirements.
Our immigration law offices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have many years of experience in conducting genealogical research and locating documents of Jewish families who were forced to flee Europe during the years of the Third Reich. Our experts have a deep understanding of German law and can efficiently and professionally assist you in applying to the German authorities. We also specialize in obtaining Austrian passports for descendants of Austrian citizens who left the country between 1933 and 1955.
Obtaining German Citizenship for Victims of Nazi Persecution
The German Nationality Law has been revised over the past years, easing citizenship rules for Nazi victims and their descendants. In March 2020, the German parliament announced that it intended to enact new regulations in the following months, easing the various criteria that prevent millions of people around the world from being eligible for German citizenship and a European passport.
Who is eligible for citizenship?
The new provisions apply to Nazi victims whose German citizenship was taken from them due to their religion, race, or political opinions, between January 30, 1933, when the Nazis rose to power, and May 8, 1945. In contrast to the Austrian “Law of Return”, which allows anyone who remained in Austria up to 1955, as a refugee or otherwise, to receive citizenship – German law restricts eligibility to those who left Germany until the Allied victory in Europe.
In addition to Nazi victims, children and great-grandchildren of victims are also eligible to apply for citizenship according to the new regulations. This is the case even if the original citizenship holder is no longer among the living, since, according to German law, citizenship is passed down from parent to child by jus sanguinis (“right of blood”).
These new German citizens will not have to give up their previous citizenship. The law also applies to Jews who were residents of Germany in the 1930s but, because of discriminatory laws, were prevented from obtaining German citizenship. In addition, a generation may be skipped when applying for citizenship – that is, if a grandchild wishes to naturalize as a German citizen, they will be able to exercise their rights without the need for one of the parents or grandparents to naturalize first.
Further Changes in German Law – Important Information for those not descended from persecuted Jews
Until 2020, any child born to a married couple prior to April 1, 1953, could apply for citizenship only if their father was formerly a German citizen. In other words, citizenship was passed down only through the father. However, today, also children born to a German mother up to the said date may apply for citizenship.
Any child born to a married German father during 1914-1963 may legally obtain citizenship.
A child born to a German mother during 1964-1974 may acquire citizenship only if they have no legal status.
As part of correcting gender discrimination – starting from January 1975, any child born in a marriage will be able to obtain German citizenship if at least one of the parents is German.
Any child born out of wedlock to a German mother may legally apply for citizenship. The same is true for a child born after 1993 to a German father.
Is It Possible to Receive German Citizenship Due to Staying in Germany?
If your ancestors were not Nazi victims in the 1930s, you can still obtain a German passport and German citizenship based on a long stay in Germany, after obtaining a temporary resident visa and permanent residence.
To undergo a legal naturalization procedure in Germany, you must stay there for at least eight years. The stay must be legal and, in addition, you will be asked to show financial abilities, as well as knowledge of German and the local culture.
In Short – A Historical Background of German Jewry
German Jewry in the 20th century was considered the most prosperous in Europe. German Jews were successful at most economic and Torah endeavors. This was why the German Jewish community was the largest in Western Europe, numbering 525,000 in 1933 – the eve of the Nazi Party’s rise to power.
However, due to the discriminatory racial laws and bans against them, over 300,000 Jews decided to leave for the United States, Britain, Canada, and more. In 1939 – on the eve of World War I, the number of Jews in the country was estimated at 214,000 in total. Today, most of these Jews’ descendants (whose ancestors left Germany from January 1933 and on) are entitled to a German passport, and our office helps in obtaining one.
Contact Us – Obtaining a German-European Passport for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors
Obtaining a German passport for descendants of Holocaust survivors and / or victims of the Nazi regime should be done through an office with a good reputation and many years of experience in the field of immigration. Our law firm is very experienced in obtaining a variety of European passports, and we have developed a special method for classifying eligible persons and assisting them in obtaining a German passport efficiently and without unnecessary bureaucracy or procrastination. We will be happy to help you obtain the documents required in Europe, translate Israeli documents into German, and assist you in the entire process until you receive your German passport. For more details, contact us and we will be happy to help you in the process of obtaining German citizenship for victims of the Nazi regime.