Prime Min­is­ter bat­tles to win sup­port be­fore crunch in the Com­mons

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home had been smashed up by Nazi neigh­bours and a friend warned them not to re­turn. Dur­ing the war, Ge­org was sent to in­tern­ment in Aus­tralia, like many other Ger­man im­mi­grants.

Bob said: “He vol­un­teered to join the Pi­o­neer Corps, fear­ing that if he was cap­tured in the bat­tle­field in Europe he would be shot on the spot when the Ger­mans found out he was Jewish and Ger­man.”

The fam­ily later came to Scot­land where Ge­org got a job with an in­dus­trial com­pany in Dun­fermline.

“They opened a fac­tory in Fife and dad man­aged it,” said Bob Bob’s grand­mother was not Jewish and with the reli­gion fol­low­ing the ma­ter­nal line, the fam­ily are not of­fi­cially Jewish. But Ger­man law says that any­one who lost their cit­i­zen­ship be­tween 1933 and 1945 on racial, re­li­gious, or po­lit­i­cal grounds can have it re­stored, as can their de­scen­dants.

The Leis­ers got their Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship re­stored af­ter find­ing fam­ily doc­u­ments go­ing back to Bob’s great-grand­par­ents.

The Leis­ers are just one fam­ily to ap­ply to re­store their Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship, but thou­sands more have done the same since Brexit. Be­fore the Brexit vote, about 28 peo­ple a year ap­plied to be­come Ger­man again.

But since the vote, 3,481 Brits have ap­plied to be­come Ger­man cit­i­zens.

Bob’s dad, Ge­org, in­set af­ter join­ing Bri­tish Army, and with his sib­lings re­united in Bri­tain in 1938 af­ter flee­ing Ger­many. Now Bob is to get a Ger­man pass­port

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