Anti-Defamation League head retiring

NEW YORK — Abraham Foxman, the longtime national director of the Anti-Defamation League, will step down next year after a half century working for the Jewish nonprofit.

The New York-based organization said Monday Foxman, 73, will leave on July 20, 2015.

Foxman, who joined the organization in 1965 and led it for 27 years, said it was for him the ‘‘perfect vehicle’’ for fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of oppression.


A successor has yet to be chosen.

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Foxman will become director emeritus.

Foxman was born in the former Soviet Union, survived the Holocaust as a hidden child, and moved to the United States with his parents in 1950.

Foxman was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council under Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. He has spoken out extensively about the global rise of anti-Semitism, the war on terrorism, religious intolerance, and the separation of church and state.

He is the author of “Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype,’’ “The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control,’’ and “Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism.’’ He is coauthor of “Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet.’’


He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from City College of New York and is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

In 2002, he won the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Leadership Award from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The Anti-Defamation League has 30 regional offices in the United States and one in Israel.

Associated Press