German media outlets reported on Monday that Peter Feldmann was elected as the new mayor of Frankfurt, and is the first Jewish mayor to head a large German city since World War II, and the second Jewish mayor in the country's history.
The 53-year-old Social Democrat won 57% of the votes in the second round of elections, which were held on Sunday. Feldmann defeated his rival Boris Rhein, the representative from Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right CDU party.
'No one predicted this victory.' Feldmann (Photo: Reuters)
"I didn't expect this; truthfully no one predicted this," Feldmann told a German Jewish website, adding that the fact that he is Jewish had no effect on his campaign.
'This goes to show the strength of our open and liberal city; my religion was not even an issue in the elections campaign," he noted. "Religion is important to me, but as a personal matter," Feldmann added.
Feldmann is not the first Jewish mayor to head the city of Frankfurt – In 1924 Ludwig Landmann was elected mayor, but was forced to step down after the Nazis came to power in 1933.