Germany's Top Jewish Leader Steps Down

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In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo Dieter Graumann, leader of Central Council of Jews is pictured during a visit at the Abubakr Mosque in Frankfurt, central Germany.Credit: AP

Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down.

Dieter Graumann said Friday he won't seek a second term leading the Central Council of Jews in a vote Nov. 30. The 64-year-old said the job, whose holder works on an honorary basis, "demanded an extraordinary amount of energy and time."

The group's vice president, Josef Schuster, said he will run for the presidency.

Graumann was among leading critics of a 2012 German court ruling that male infant circumcision amounts to bodily harm. Parliament later approved legislation explicitly permitting the practice.

In September, he organized a major rally against anti-Semitism after tensions over the Gaza conflict spilled over anti-Jewish slogans and violence at demonstrations in Europe.

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