Saturday, April 07, 2012

German Again - An American Jew reclaims the citizenship her family lost under the Nazis

It is taking longer than expected to post the next Wohlgemuth installment. In the meantime, enjoy this recent article from Slate about the process and implications of asserting German citizenship.

German Again - An American Jew reclaims the citizenship her family lost under the Nazis

One rainy morning in December, I handed a guard my bag and stepped through a metal detector into the impeccably clean office of the German consulate in Los Angeles. I was soon gestured forward to the counter, where I handed over a copy of my birth certificate, passport, and my mother’s certification of naturalization. The clerk looked over the paperwork and thanked me. Three months later, I received notice that my application had been granted. And just like that, without ever having set foot in Germany, I became a German citizen.

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