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PROGRESS Germany Elects Jewish Mayor Thomas Lohnes, DADP / AP Photo

Germany Elects Jewish Mayor

For the first time since the Second World War, a Jew has been elected mayor of a major German city. In a surprise result, Peter Feldmann, 54, won 57.4 percent of the vote in Frankfurt, upsetting incumbent Boris Rhein. Feldmann said his Jewish identity did not play a role in his campaign. Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth-largest city, with about 1 percent Jewish population out of the 700,000 residents. The city had a Jewish mayor from 1924 to 1933, when Hitler rose to power.

March 26, 2012 5:34 PM