Abraham Foxman

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Abraham H. Foxman (born May 1 1940) is the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Early life

Foxman, an only son, was born in Baranovichi, just months after the USSR took the town from Poland in the Nazi-Soviet Pact and incorporated it into the BSSR. The town is now in Belarus. Foxman had Polish-Jewish parents: Helen and Joseph Foxman.Marquis' Who's Who in America, 60th Diamond Ed. (2006) 2: 1358.

Foxman's parents left him with his Polish Catholic nanny Bronislawa Kurpi in 1940 when they were ordered by Germans to enter a ghetto. Foxman was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church as Henryk Stanislas Kurpi, and raised as a Catholic in Vilnius, Lithuania between 1940 and 1944 when (after several legal custody battles) he was returned to his parents.

Education and career

Foxman immigrated to the United States in 1950 with his parents.Marquis' Who's Who 2: 1358. He graduated from Yeshivah of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the City College of New York and graduated with honors in history. Foxman also holds a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He did graduate work in Jewish studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and in international economics at New School University.

Abraham Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League in 1965 in its...
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