John C. Brown's article "Cambodia only for the Khmer?" (Phnom
Penh Post Vol.3 No.11) is - as far as Germany is concerned wrong - revoltingly
wrong, unless the author thinks the so-called "Nuremberg Laws" of the 1930's,
drafted to degrade German citizens of Jewish origin, still to be
If German citizenship were defined by ethnicity, as Mr Brown
wrote, how can the author explain the hundred of thousands of German citizens
originating from A (=Afghanistan, one of them to looked at in Phnom Penh) to Z
There are even Germans with that gentle, heartwarming smile
- be it highland -Khmer or lowland-Khmer or Cham - from Cambodia.
1913, when the German Citizen Law was drafted, it also referred to some millions
of Germans of Polish origin, who besides the German citizenship (which they
disliked) possessed the Prussian citizenship (which they hated).
considerable Danish and Slavonic Serb minority is living inside of Germany since
two and more thousand years.
So there are no problems with citizenship in
In legal theory almost none. But legal theory can sometimes be
so awkwardly disturbed by reality, as you know.
But be assured: we are
working hard to bring them together again!
- Dr Wiprecht von Treskow,
German Ambassador, Phnom Penh