Josef Schuster

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Josef Schuster

Josef Schuster (born 1954) is a German physician and since November 2014 President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany (Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland).


Schuster is a volunteer as an emergency physician for the Bavarian section of the German Red Cross. He is a member of the Bavarian Bioethics Commission and the central institutional review board of the German Medical Association.Josef Schuster was born in Haifa in 1954. His paternal family had lived in Franconia since at least the middle of the 16th century. His father David Schuster was a merchant who was forced to emigrate to Palestine in 1938. Both parents of his mother died at theAuschwitz concentration camp. His family returned to Germany in 1956. Schuster went to school in Würzburg and studied medicine at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. He became a specialist in internal medicine after training at the Juliusspital. Since 1988 he has maintained a private practice in internal medicine in Würzburg.

Functions in Jewish Organizations

In 1998 Schuster became President of the Jewish Community in Würzburg, a position his father had held between 1958 and 1996. Four years later he was elected to be President of the Organization of Jewish Communities in Bavaria. In 2010 he became the vice-president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. When Dieter Graumann stepped down as President of the Central Council, his election on November 30, 2014 as the successor was uncontested.[1]


  • Zur Sterblichkeit jüdischer und nichtjüdischer Säuglinge. Dissertation Würzburg, University, 1980.


  • Caroline Mayer: “Ich wünsche mir Normalität für die jüdischen Gemeinden in Deutschland”, KVB-Forum, Nr. 11, 2012, S. 26-27, Online (2 pages, in German pdf)

External links


  1. Jump up^ “Zentralrat der Juden erhält neuen Präsidenten” (in German). Zeit Online. November 30, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014.

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