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Is a person a citizen of Germany today? He is born in the United States, but has paperwork to prove that he was a citizen of German Democratic Republic (formally know as East Germany) at the time of his birth. He has an expired passport of the German Democratic Republic that was issued at the time of his birth. His parents are born in East Germany. He under US law, he is also a US citizen at the time of his birth.

If that person never applied for any other citizenship, then he never lost his German citizenship. Acquiring US citizenship by virtue of being born there does not lead to the loss of his German citizenship.

The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) always treated citizens of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) as their citizens, and with unification in 1990 the GDR ceased to exist. All East Germans became (West) German citizens automatically.

That person is still a German citizen and could apply for a new passport with the German Consulate.

Andreas Moser

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Andreas Moser


Extensive experience in international family law, especially international child abductions and child custody cases. All other areas of German law as well: constitutional law, criminal law, business and contract law, immigration law, inheritance law, and so on.


Lawyer in Germany from 2002 to 2009. Lawyer for US Army JAG Corps before. Bar-certified specialisation in family law and in administrative law. Articles and lectures about international and domestic family law.


2000 Law Degree from University of Regensburg, Germany 2002 admitted to the bar (until 2009) 2013 MA Philosophy at the Open University, UK

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