The long struggle of the Jews to regain German citizenship

INVESTIGATION – To erase injustices or reconnect with their past, they are increasingly reconnecting with Germany.

When, on that day in May 1937, the Gestapo policeman seized Ida Judith Noa’s German passport forever, it was, for this 21-year-old German Jewish girl, the equivalent of a theft. The student, then residing in London, had been summoned to the secret police headquarters on Alexander-Platz in Berlin, just days after returning to her family for the holidays. There, the Nazi officer offered her a sordid deal: leave Germany forever or be deported to a concentration camp. A week later, at the German-Dutch border post in Bad Bentheim, Ida said goodbye to her mother for the last time and joined the free world, letting her return to Berlin.

It was this injustice and symbolic loss inflicted on her mother that Ida’s daughter Katherine Scott partially erased when she received eighty-three years later from a German official at the Boston Consulate. , a passport stamped in the colors of

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