Unearthed letter shows Trump’s grandfather pleaded to stay in Germany

A letter discovered in German archives shows a request by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s grandfather to permanently return to his native Germany was turned down by authorities.

SPEYER, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 22, 2016) (REUTERS) – German archivists have found a letter written by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s grandfather, begging to be allowed to stay in his German homeland after his new wife failed to settle in to life in the United States.

The letter signed by Friedrich Trump, who left Germany at the age of 16 in 1885, was unearthed in files at the state archives in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Friedrich Trump returned from the United States to Germany in 1902 and met and later married his wife, Elisabeth, with whom he returned to New York.

“She lasted for around two years before making it known that she wanted to return to Germany,” Franz Maier of the Rhineland-Palatinate state archives in Speyer told Reuters Television.

Friedrich had, however, failed to deregister properly before he left Germany and therefore was not allowed to be re-naturalised in Bavaria, which was then its own kingdom.

An accompanying document in the archived dossier read: “the settlement in Bavaria cannot be permitted.”

That fateful rejection could be said to have set off the series of events that ended up with Donald Trump being elected U.S. president.


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