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.