German Jews elect 1st leader born after Holocaust

November 28, 2010 19:56


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Germany's Central Council of Jews says its board has elected 60-year-old businessman Dieter Graumann to be its new leader — making him the first president of the organization who is not a Holocaust survivor.

The board, meeting Sunday in Frankfurt, elected Graumann to represent the country's estimated 200,000 Jews.

Graumann succeeds 78-year-old Charlotte Knobloch, who witnessed the Nazi destruction of the Munich synagogue in 1938 and survived Nazi Germany by hiding with a German family.

Knobloch did not seek a new term as the organization's president.

Graumann, who has been the organization's vice president since 2006, was born in Israel in 1950. His family returned to Germany two years later.

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