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Polish passport for child of Holocaust survivor


apolishjew
28 Oct 2011  #1
My mother was born in Gdinya in 1939 and spent the war in a ghetto.

Her family was from Tomaszow Mazowiecki to where they returned in 1945.
She has her Polish birth certificate and her parents polish marriage license.

She left Poland to the US in 1950.

I was born in the US, and am a US citizen.

Can I get a polish passport?
pip 10 | 1,661
28 Oct 2011  #2
your best bet is to contact the Polish embassy or consulate in the U.S. and ask them directly.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
28 Oct 2011  #3
Can I get a polish passport?

When did your mother obtain US citizenship?
OP apolishjew
30 Oct 2011  #4
She got her US citizenship in 1957
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
31 Oct 2011  #6
She got her US citizenship in 1957

Unfortunately, you aren't eligible. The act of 1951 makes it clear that anyone obtaining a foreign citizenship automatically loses Polish citizenship.
tygrys 2 | 294
31 Oct 2011  #7
Nonsense. You are able to get a Polish passport because your mother was born there. This has nothing to do with citizenship. My parents were from Poland and I was born in the US. They got their citizenship in 1953 and I had a Polish passport because they were from Poland.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
31 Oct 2011  #8
Read the 1951 Act on Citizenship recently, have we?

5. Obtaining foreign citizenship leads to the loss of Polish citizenship.

Tygrys, you would have obtained your citizenship through deception. Not cool.
OP apolishjew
2 Nov 2011  #9
I was told by a polish lawyer that, if my mother did not obtain permission from Poland
to get her US citizenship, I can probably get my polish passport.

Does this make sense?
US Polak
7 Dec 2011  #10
YES you can have dual citizenship. Parents must be of Polish decent.


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