For first time since WWII, a Jew to reign over major German city
For the first time since the Holocaust, a Jew is going to be the mayor of a major German city.
Peter Feldmann, 54, was unexpectedly elected Sunday the mayor of Frankfurt, Germany’s fifth-largest city. Feldmann, who belongs to the center-left SPD party, won 57.4 percent of the vote, thus upsetting the candidate of choice of incumbent mayor Petra Roth, Boris Rhein, of the center-right CDU party.
“I didn’t expect that,” Feldmann said after his victory. “Frankly, nobody had expected that.”
According to German-Jewish weekly Juedische Allgemeine, Feldmann is the first Jewish mayor of an important German city since World War II.