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    Germany Elects Jewish Mayor

    Peter Feldmann (SPD, M.) gestikuliert am Sonntag (25.03.12) vor dem Roemer in Frankfurt am Main neben dem klatschenden hessischen SPD-Vorsitzenden Thorsten Schaefer-Guembel (l.) nach der gewonnenen Stichwahl. Rund 463.000 Stimmberechtigte waren aufgerufen, den neuen Oberbuergermeister zu bestimmen.
Foto: Thomas Lohnes/dapd

    Thomas Lohnes, DADP / AP Photo

    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.

    Read it at Haaretz