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Report: Trump's grandfather pleaded to stay in Germany

The reproductions provided by Landesarchiv Speyer show a letter by the grandfather of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The handwritten letter has been found in a German archive in which Donald Trump's grandfather unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service. (Landesarchiv Speyer via AP)

The reproductions provided by Landesarchiv Speyer show a letter by the grandfather of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The handwritten letter has been found in a German archive in which Donald Trump's grandfather unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service. (Landesarchiv Speyer via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A handwritten letter has been found in a German archive in which President-elect Donald Trump's grandfather unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service.

Bild newspaper on Monday printed the 1905 letter located by an historian, in which Friedrich Trump wrote Bavarian Prince Luitpold begging the "well-loved, noble, wise and just" leader not to deport him. Luitpold rejected the "most subservient request."

Trump's grandfather was born in Kallstadt, then part of Bavaria, and immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager without performing his military service. It was after he'd made his fortune there and tried to resettle in Germany that he was ordered expelled, and returned to the U.S.

Rhineland-Palatinate state archive spokeswoman Isabell Weisbrod says Friedrich Trump's birth certificate's also in the archive.