German Passport Holders

The Federal Government of Germany has agreed to make changes to the Citizenship Act by making it possible for people who have been stripped of their German citizenship by National Socialism to apply for re-naturalization.

The draft of a fourth law to amend the Citizenship Act submitted by the Federal Minister of the Interior, approved on March 24, also makes it possible for descendants of those stripped of their citizenship to apply for naturalization.

The Federal Government passed the draft of a fourth law to amend the Citizenship Act submitted by the Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs. Above all, the law creates legal claims for compensation under nationality law,” the Ministry of Interior notes in a press release.

It also explains that back on August 30, 2019, the same enacted regulations by which the descendants of Nazi persecuted persons who suffered disadvantages in terms of nationality but who do not fall under the claim under Article 116 (2) of the Basic Law, can obtain German citizenship.

Included were also children of German and former German citizens who were born before January 1, 1975, or July 1, 1993, and were prevented from acquiring German citizenship, as well as their descendants. These regulations have been very positively received by those affected.

Horst Seehofer, the Federal Minister of the Interior for Building and Home Affairs, applauded the amendments made to the Citizenship Act, claiming that Germany is fortunate that there are people who still want to acquire German citizenship “even though we have taken everything from their ancestors.”

This is not a mere reparation, but an apology in deep shame,” he said.

The German Federal Government, in a notice published on its official website, also notes that it accepts “the historical responsibility of Germany to those who have suffered disadvantages in terms of citizenship because they are descendants of people persecuted during the National Socialist era.”

It also explains that all former German citizens, who lost their German citizenship between January 30, 1933, and May 8, 1945, amid the National Socialist regime, can have their German citizenship restored.

The new amendments, which cover new legal provisions for cases for which previously it was not possible for affected people to have their citizenship restored, can also apply to descendants of individuals who had their citizenship stripped of unjustly, including those who now live outside Germany.