My Grandparents Fled the Holocaust, and I Returned to Their Homeland After Reclaiming Their Citizenship — Here's What It Was Like
Both of my grandparents on my mother's side were Austrian Jews who escaped the Holocaust. Austria and Germany recently passed laws allowing the descendants of victims of Nazi persecution to reclaim the citizenship that the regime stripped of Jews. In Austria, this is section 58c of the Austrian Nationality Act, and in Germany, it is Article 116 of the Basic Law. I am one of the 14,785 new Austrian citizens under this law, the Austrian Foreign Ministry told Travel + Leisure, more than 3,000 of whom are from the United States, like me.