weimar27 (weimar27) wrote in little_details,

Naturalization & Public Office in 1920s Germany

My story takes place in 1934 Berlin, just around the time of the Röhm-Putsch (June 1934). My main character was involved with the KPD before it was banned, and it was my plan to have him become a representative in the Reichstag for the KPD at the tail end of his time with the Party.

I have two questions:

1. My character is of Polish descent, but his grandfather became a german citizen through naturalization. My question is, since his grandfather was a naturalized citizen, would my character be automatically considered a german citizen? He also served in the army during WWI, would that be enough to grant him citizenship if he wasn't before?

2. Second question, would it be plausible for this character to serve as a representative of that party in the Reichstag? My understanding of elections during this time is that the party chose the candidates and the proportion of the vote they received in the region determined how many of those candidates served in the Reichstag.

I've tried Wikipedia. And I've found a couple chapters on google books about citizenship, but it doesn't cover Naturalization. I've also been unsuccessful trying to find a book or articles on restrictions for participation in the Reichstag or how elections were conducted during the 1920s, early 30s.
Tags: 1920-1929, 1930-1939, germany: history

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