German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced on Thursday plans to ease the country’s Nationality Law to make descendants of Nazi victims eligible for German citizenship.

“Germany has to live up to its historic responsibility towards those who, as descendants of Jews persecuted by the Nazi regime, have suffered from disadvantages pertaining to Nationality Law,” Seehofer told Deutsche Welle.

“This is especially true for people whose parents or grandparents had to flee the country,” he continued. “With the decrees … we will create an efficient arrangement allowing those affected to apply immediately for German citizenship.”

Similarly, effective Sept. 1, 2020, Austria will offer citizenship to British Jewish descendants of Holocaust survivors, thanks to changes to Austria’s nationality laws, which were approved unanimously on Thursday.

Pro-Israel Journalism
Done Right

JNS works around the clock to provide high-quality, pro-Israel content. We’ve taken numerous steps to improve the quality, quantity, and distribution of our content for even greater impact. We intend to keep on growing, and to do that we need your help.

Please help us take pro-Israel journalism to the next level with a tax-deductible sponsorship, either on a one-time or recurring monthly basis. Jewish News Syndicate is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.