For those of us lucky enough, having close Jewish grandparents to enrich our children’s lives, is a true blessing. Nothing trumps the unconditional love and affection a grandparent can provide but equally, for parents, the benefit of extra support is immeasurable. The privilege of handing over the kids into their grandparents care, for a glorious, child free escape is sacred. Furthermore, when you’ve exhausted traditional parenting techniques, it’s a relief to be able to consult those with considerably more life experience and dare I say, a touch more wisdom.
The benefits of close Grandparents are endless, I could literally write a thesis on the subject. However, in the current turbulent political climate in Europe, there’s a specific advantage German Jewish grandparent can bestow upon their descendants. According to a German basic law, dating back to 1953, those German Jews, who had their citizenship stripped from them, due to persecution between 1933-45, are entitled to restore it.
Herein lies the great advantage, far more precious than treats and pocket money combined. Eligible German Jewish grandparents can offer their grandchildren the rare gift of opportunity. According to the law, as former citizens, their descendants could be entitled to acquire German citizenship. As, had the unlawful deprivation not occurred, they would have already been in possession of it. Acquiring German Citizenship will guarantee the continuation of all exiting EU freedoms despite Brexit. Most importantly, UK citizenship does not have to be surrendered. With the ever-deepening uncertainty concerning UK citizens status in Europe post Brexit, having access to a full EU citizenship, provides immeasurable possibilities for those who may want to live, work or study in Europe.
Whilst a UK Jewish citizen may not seem like the obvious candidate for German Citizenship, we live in an ever-changing world and must adapt accordingly. Here in the UK, anti semitism is increasing at an alarming rate, hardly a day passes without a terrifying headline reminding Jews not to become complacent or too much at home, wherever that be. We should never let the past obscur our future. And as my wise Grandparents once told me – always, always embrace opportunity even if it comes from the unlikeliest of places.
What’s needed to investigate eligibility?
Relatively little is needed, but we would need the following minimum information:
1) The name of the grandparent in question as given to them in Germany (i.e. before a possible name change occurred)
2) Their date and place of birth
We can conduct a rather thorough investigation in the relevant archives based on the information above, nevertheless, the following is helpful:
1) The names, dates and places of birth of their parents or siblings
2) The date they left Germany
3) What school/university they have attended
4) Where they worked
5) Whether at any time they received an indemnification payment from Germany of any kind, i.e. one-time payment or pension
6) What properties the family had owned
7) Whether other citizenships were adopted and if so, where and when
8) If any original or copies of official documentation exist
The more information available, the greater possibilities we’ll have to research various state archives and increase our likelihood of obtaining original German citizenship evidence. However, even with very little information, we may still be able to assist you. Do call us on 020 8066 9900 for a free confidential consultation.