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Mayor of Hamburg First Jew to Be Elected Bundesrat President Since World War Ii

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Herbert Weichmann, the Jewish mayor of Hamburg, West Germany’s largest port city, has been elected president of the Bundesrat, the upper house of the German Parliament, which is composed of representatives of the various states. He is the first Jew in post-war Germany to be elected to such an office. Mr. Weichmann, 68, was a resident of the United States during World War II. He returned to Hamburg afterward at the invitation of former mayor Max Brauer and became the city’s finance senator and later mayor.

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