|Born||6 October 1890|
|Died||13 June 1946 (aged 55)|
|Other names||Julius 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."
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.
- Works by or about Joseph Kastein at Internet Archive
- Personality of the Week - Katzenstein at www.bh.org.il
- Maremagnum at www.maremagnum.com
- Guide to the Papers of Josef Kastein (1890-1946) and Shulamith Kastein (1894-1983) at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York.
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