Israelis Eligible for German Citizenship
You are eligible to reclaim German citizenship if you are the descendent of a German citizen whose citizenship was deprived for political, religious, or racial reasons by the Nazi regime (between 1933 and 1945) – including all Jewish citizens of Germany at the time. There are two main ways in which German nationals were denied citizenship in this period. Some citizens were deprived of their citizenship on an individual basis on religious, political, or racial grounds under “the Act on Revocation of Naturalizations and Deprivation of German Citizenship” of 14 July 1933. Additionally, all Jewish German citizens who left Germany were deprived of German citizenship en masse on 25 November 1941 pursuant to “the Decree Implementing the Reich Citizens Act”.
If your ancestor was from Germany but was born to foreign parents and never had German citizenship, it is unlikely you are eligible to reclaim German citizenship. Moreover, if your ancestor acquired foreign citizenship before their German citizenship was denied, then you might not be eligible to reclaim German citizenship. However, if your ancestor acquired another citizenship after their German citizenship was denied, then that does not affect your eligibility, nor would you have to give up your current citizenship to regain your German citizenship.
When you apply for German citizenship you need to attach any evidence you can obtain that your ancestor was a German national prior to their citizenship being denied of them by the Nazi regime. Furthermore, you need to attach evidence that you are in fact directly descended from this individual. You will not be required to pass a naturalization exam in order to regain your citizenship, although you may be called for an interview at the nearest German consulate.
Our law office has experience helping clients go through genealogical records and documents to help identify links to German ancestors.
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We provide more information on this topic elsewhere on our website. This includes more background information on applying for German citizenship among other issues.
If you or your loved ones may be Israelis eligible for German citizenship, please contact us. Advocate Michael Decker specializes in this issue, and he would be pleased to help you.