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The board, meeting Sunday in Frankfurt, elected Mr. Graumann to represent the country’s estimated 200,000 Jews.

Mr. Graumann succeeds 78-year-old Charlotte Knobloch, who witnessed the Nazi destruction of the Munich synagogue in 1938 and survived Nazi Germany by hiding with a German family.

Ms. Knobloch did not seek a new term as the organization’s president.

Mr. Graumann, who has been the organization’s vice president since 2006, was born in Israel in 1950. His family returned to Germany two years later.


Escort says premier invited her to house

ROME | A self-described escort said Sunday that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi personally invited her to two parties at his villas where young, foreign women were plentiful.

Nadia Macri, 28, told Sky TG24 on Sunday that she believed many of the women - Brazilians and Russians mostly - were minors, but didn’t know for sure since they didn’t talk among themselves.

Ms. Macri is the latest woman to recount evenings spent at Mr. Berlusconi’s villas - allegations that have fueled a political crisis that has brought the government to a no-confidence vote in two weeks.

Italian newspapers earlier this month published transcripts of Ms. Macri’s testimony to prosecutors in which she said Mr. Berlusconi paid her $13,000 for sexual favors at the parties.

Berlusconi attorney Niccolo Ghedini said Sunday that Ms. Macri’s comments were “devoid of any foundation” and had been disproved.