I'm trying to determine if I might be eligible for German citizenship under Article 116(2) of the Basic Law. Article 116(2) affords restoration of citizenship for those who were stripped of it by the Nazis.
I'm having trouble parsing the guidance that the German government has offered. Specifically, I can't tell whether somebody whose only blood link to Germany is a female would be eligible for citizenship.
These two pieces of guidance seem contradictory:
Born between April 1, 1953, and December 31, 1974 During this period, German citizenship generally could be derived only from the father. It could be handed down from the mother only if the child otherwise would have been stateless. If this was not the case, it was possible to acquire German citizenship from the mother through a statement. This option, however, was available only until December 31, 1977. For reasons of restitution, the Federal Office of Administration applies Article 116 (2) of the Basic Law also to these descendants of formerly German mothers.
From 2 (translated with Google):
I. Who can be naturalized? Persons who after 23.05.1949 and before 01.01.1975 as a child of a German Mother and a foreign father are born married and their mother on the day of birth a) was in German citizenship or (b) was no longer in possession of her German nationality, since she was in possession of her German nationality 23.05.1949 according to then valid law by marriage with a foreigner had lost or c) her German nationality between 30.01.1933 and 08.05.1945 deprived of marriage for political, racial or religious reasons before marriage had been.