In September 2019, the German Ministry of Interior passed a new decree allowing descendants of Nazi persecution to apply for citizenship.

Despite descendants of German nationals who lost citizenship under Nazi persecution already being able to apply for citizenship, certain groups were excluded.

The new regulation now broadens the group eligible for citizenship: Descendants who would have inherited German citizenship if their ancestors hadn’t been persecuted by the Nazis.

This applies especially to descendants of German women who fled Germany and married non-German men, losing their German citizenship by doing so.

Descendants whose application has been previously rejected are now allowed to obtain German citizenship if other eligibility requirements are met.