My maternal granddad was a German Jew. Since his German nationality was taken away, he and his family have recently regained German nationality.
I have always felt an affinity with Germany. Both my maternal grandparents spoke German and I spent a year living in Berlin, whilst studying German, alongside French and Spanish at Oxford University.
My German students have ranged from 12 to 84, with everything ranigng through GCSE to A-Level and beyond.
Fun fact: My daughters like to exploit their German roots by trying to come up with the longest German word (no mean feat) and making Lebkuchenmann (which we promptly converted to a Lebkuchenfrau – a Gingerbread WOman!)