Joseph Kastein

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

Josef Kastein (6 October 1890 – 13 June 1946), was a German-born writer and jurist.


Julius Katzenstein (later Josef Kastein) was born in Germany. In 1926 he moved to Ascona, Switzerland. In 1935, he immigrated to Mandatory Palestine and settled in Tel Aviv.

In 1931, his book Eine Geschichte der Juden was published by Rowohlt Verlag in Berlin (and later translated into English, Hebrew and Dutch).

According to Douglas Reed, Kastein was a "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]

Published works[edit]

  • 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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