Events held by the Consulate General in Boston.

Naturalization Ceremony at the German Consulate General

Naturalization Ceremony at the Consulate General in Boston

Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann held a ceremony at the German Consulate in Boston yesterday to hand out naturalization certificates to nine Jewish American citizens who had their German citizenship restored. His speech can be found below.

Former German citizens who between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945 were deprived of their citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds can re-obtain citizenship for themselves and their descendants upon application. Almost 50,000 Jews around the world have had their German citizenship restored this way since 2000, including 7,000 individuals from the US. The German Consulate in Boston has processed approximately 160 of these naturalizations since 2014, with a strong increase in applications since autumn last year.

 WBUR reported on the event which aired this morning. Please click here to hear the story

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