Former Nazi Elected Mayor of Mannheim; Nazi Victim Defeated
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Former Nazi Elected Mayor of Mannheim; Nazi Victim Defeated

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The voters of this city of 280,000 have, by an absolute majority of 51.2 percent, elected Dr. Hans Reschke Mayor and rejected Social Democratic Bundestag deputy Werner Jacobi, even though Mannheim is normally a Social Democratic town with a substantial Social Democratic majority in the Municipal Council.

Herr Jacobi was held in Gestapo custody from 1937 to 1945 because of his stand for human dignity. Reschke, the candidate of an “Electoral Bloc”–consisting of the Christian Democratic Union, the Free Democratic Party, the German Party and the BHE refugee party–was an important government county administrator during the Nazi regime and member of a hand-picked party board working under the direct supervision of Martin Bormann, Hitler’s deputy in charge of Nazi Party affairs.

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