I/my ancestors was/were denationalized by the National Socialists. Can I get my German citizenship back?

Yes, victims of National Socialist denationalization measures and their descendants have the right to be renationalized in line with Article 116 (2) of the Basic Law even if this means multiple nationality. There is no need to prove knowledge of the German language. Nevertheless it is examined whether the German nationality of the ancestor could have been lost for reasons unrelated to National Socialism. Were this the case, the descendants would have no right to German citizenship.

For further advice, please contact the competent German mission covering your place of residence.

Law on Nationality

The widely amended law on nationality entered into force on 1 January 2000. On 20 December 2014, the Second Act Amending the Nationality Act entered into force. Here you can find the central points. more

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