Why I’m making my family German


Deeply unhappy at the EU referendum result last June, Amelia Hill applied for dual nationality for her and her children – returning to the German roots that her grandparents fled from during the 1930s

Last week, I celebrated my daughter’s second birthday by making her German. Instead of eating birthday cake and pulling party poppers, she spent the day twirling round various waiting rooms at the German embassy in London, as I put the finishing touches to sheaves of paperwork, eventually collecting her dual-nationality certificate and her new German passport.

It was more joyous than it sounds. The visit was the culmination of a process I began the day of the EU referendum result last June: getting dual nationality for my children (now two and four) and for me under Germany’s restored citizenship application law – a right reserved for anybody who was persecuted on political, racial or religious grounds during the Nazi dictatorship, as well as their descendants.

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Guardian Lifestyle - Sat, 03 Jun 2017 05:15:45 GMT

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