The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) website reports today (March 29, 2012) that the German city of Frankfurt has elected its first Jewish mayor since the pre-Hitler era in 1933 -- and only its second in history.
In the March 25 elections, Peter Feldmann -- a 53-year-old economist and political scientist -- won with 57 percent of the vote.
Feldmann -- the former head of a home for seniors -- takes the helm of a city with some 650,000 inhabitants and Germany's fourth largest Jewish population.
Today, Frankfurt has a Jewish population of about 7,000. Most of the Jews have come to Frankfurt from Russia, since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.