IAccording to a media report, in future naturalization tests the Federal Ministry of the Interior will also ask for information about the State of Israel, Judaism and the significance of the Holocaust in German history. Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) told “Spiegel” that anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of contempt for humanity preclude naturalization. “From the German crime against humanity of the Holocaust follows our special responsibility for the protection of Jews and for the protection of the State of Israel,” she said for the report published online on Tuesday. “This responsibility is part of our identity today.”

Anyone who wants to become a German must know “what that means and acknowledge Germany’s responsibility,” Faeser continued. This commitment must be “clear and credible.” “If you don’t share our values, you can’t get a German passport. We have drawn a crystal clear red line here,” said Faeser. That is why the naturalization test is now being changed according to the citizenship law.

According to “Spiegel”, the Interior Ministry wants to make the revised questions binding via a new regulation. They are a reaction to the increase in anti-Israel and sometimes anti-Semitic rallies and crimes after the Hamas attack on October 7th last year.

New question: How is Holocaust denial punished?

In the future, the test should answer, among other things, what a Jewish prayer house is called, when the State of Israel was founded and what explains Germany's special responsibility for Israel. How Holocaust denial is punished in this country and who is allowed to become a member of the around 40 Jewish Maccabi sports clubs are also part of the catalog of possible questions, reports “Spiegel”.

At the beginning of the year, the Bundestag and Bundesrat made it easier for people to become naturalized in Germany. You can apply for a German passport after just five years of legal residence instead of the previous eight, and after three years if you can prove special integration achievements such as language skills. In addition, the obligation to give up one's original nationality upon naturalization no longer applies.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, around 168,500 people were naturalized in Germany in 2022. Overall, however, relatively few foreigners have been naturalized in Germany so far. Among people with roots abroad who have lived in Germany for ten years, the proportion was three percent in 2022.