The German government approved a bill to naturalize descendants of Nazi victims who had, to date, the citizenship application rejected by the country, a measure described as a symbolic step.
“It is not just a question of putting things in the right place, but of apologizing for a deep shame,” said German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, stressing that “it is a great privilege for our country to have people who want to become German, although we have taken from your ancestors ”, reported the Guardian, quoted by Express.
The country already allows persecuted Jewish descendants to claim citizenship, but a law was missing to prevent many requests from being rejected. Some were denied because their ancestors fled Germany and assumed another nationality, and others were because they were born to a German mother and a non-German father, before April 1, 1953.
This step is seen by the country as a way of giving the citizens concerned “the value they deserve”. For the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, “it is a decency gesture whether victims and their descendants can claim German citizenship for legal reasons ”.
Taísa Pagno //