Until I read Peter Mills’ letter (October 26) I had not realised my relative good fortune in having a father who fled from Germany in the 1930s. Had it been my mother I would not now qualify for German nationality. There is, however, an irony here. One qualifies for Jewish identity through the maternal line. This means that quite a few people will be German but not strictly Jewish, or Jewish but not allowed to be German.

Patricia Harrison
London SE15, UK

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