Joseph Kastein

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Joseph Kastein
Born(1890-10-06)6 October 1890
Died13 June 1946(1946-06-13) (aged 55)
Other namesJulius Katzenstein

Josef (later Joseph) Kastein, really Julius Katzenstein (6 October 1890 – 13 June 1946), was a German-born writer and jurist. He wrote Eine Geschichte der Juden published by Rowohlt in Berlin in 1931 (translated into English, Hebrew and Dutch).

According to Douglas Reed Josef Kastein was a "A most zealous Zionist historian... who holds that the Old Testament was in fact a political programme, drafted to meet the conditions of a time, and frequently revised to meet changing conditions.... and that the Law laid down in the Old Testament must be fulfilled to the letter."[1]

In 1926 he went to Ascona, Switzerland and 1935 to Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine.


  • Melchior. Ein hanseatischer Kaufmannsroman. Bremen, Friesen-Verlag, c1927.
  • The Messiah of Ismir: Sabbatai Zevi. Translated by Huntley Paterson. New York, Viking Press, c1931.
  • Eine Geschichte der Juden. Berlin, Ernst Rowohlt Verlag, 1931. (Reed. Vienna, Löwit, 1935).
  • Jews in Germany. Translated from the German by Dorothy Richardson, with a preface by James Stephens. London, The Cresset press, 1934.
  • Uriel da Costa, oder, Die Tragoedie der Gesinnung. Berlin, Rowohlt, 1932.
  • Juedische Neuorientierung. Vienna, R. Loewit, 1935.
  • History and destiny of the Jews. Translated by Huntley Paterson. Garden City, N.Y., Garden City publishing co., inc., 1936.


  1. ^ Reed, Douglas (1978). The Controversy of Zion. Durban: Dolphin Press. OCLC 5825888.

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