Article 116 par. 2 of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (Grundgesetz) goes something like this:
“Former German citizens who between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945 were deprived of their citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds, and their descendants, shall on application have their citizenship restored.’
I’ve decided to scrape up whatever documentation about my father I can. He was born in Berlin in 1938 and his family fled the Nazis. He didn’t raise me and he died last year.
I’ve decided to see if Germany will have me back.
And this blog monitors my progress.
At first, I think there won’t be a story unless the German government opens its pale, muscled arms to me. But if I wait to have a story worth telling, I might miss the story I am standing in right now, in the middle of my life, at the edge of the country, in the foreign city I already live in.
Welcome to Fatherland.