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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.

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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.

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.

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