Are you looking for family members from the former Soviet Union and its successor states, from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, including the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), who entered the Federal Republic after the end of the Second World War or had/have the intention to do so?
After the Second World War, families of German origin were often separated from each other. Flight, expulsion or resettlement, especially from the former Soviet Union and its successor states, as well as from Poland, Romania and other countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe, still have an impact on their relatives today. Read more about the historical background of the ethnic German repatriates. »
Thanks to the extensive archive holdings of the GRC Tracing Service, we can provide you with competent support in determining the whereabouts of your relatives (with German ethnicity) and their (non-German) relatives. Your questions in connection with war-related naturalisations or earlier acceptance permits for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany can often be answered with the help of the documents and data available at the GRC Tracing Service.
For families located in the above-mentioned regions, tracing their relatives in Germany is often the first step on the road towards obtaining permission for their own entry and permanent residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.