German Jewish activist voted sexiest female politician


BERLIN (JTA) — A 25-year-old Jewish woman was voted Germany’s sexiest female politician.

Marina Weisband, a leading member of the Pirate Party Germany, captured the Playboy online poll with 29 percent of the vote, edging the Left Party’s Sahra Wagenknecht by a percentage point. According to the Bild Zeitung newspaper, 1,000 people participated in the poll.

Weisband came to Germany with her family from Ukraine in 1994 in the wave of Jewish emigration following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. She joined the Pirate Party — a progressive liberal party that promotes Internet freedom — in 2009 and served as its executive director from May 2011 to April 2012. During her tenure, she reportedly took on the issue of anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism among some party members.

Weisband now is pursuing a doctorate in psychology. She has not ruled out a return to political activism but will not run as a candidate for the Bundestag this year.

Germany’s 58-year-old chancellor, Angela Merkel, won 3 percent of the Playboy vote.

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