Yosef was born in 1921 in Zduńska Wola, near Lodz, Poland, to a well-established and expansive family of thirteen people. His father Avraham had medals for his bravery in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Yosef, as a member of a Hasidic family, studied in cheder and Talmud Torah.
At age fourteen, he joined Beitar and dreamed of aliyah. He sailed on the Mapilim ship Dipo, in 1939, as part of the Af al Pi program, under the auspices of Beitar and IZL. The ship foundered, but the passengers were picked up by the Katina, which brought them to shore.
Upon his arrival, Yosef joined Beitar in Rosh Pina, and after a while he moved to Ramat Gan. He was the first to volunteer for the fire department, and within a short time he was recruited for IZL.
After IZL split, he joined Lehi. As time passed, he took on various and sundry tasks in the underground. In 1946, he was arrested by the British on suspicion of being a member of the underground, but he was released for lack of evidence.
Yosef, with his Lehi comrades, enlisted in the IDF on May 29,1948, serving in the 8th Brigade, Battalion 82, Company A. He fought in all the battalion’s battles: Operation Danny, in the south, at Lod, Ramleh and Beersheba.
In 1941, he married Nehama, and the couple had two daughters, Yehudit and Rivka; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
After the State was established, he worked in different professions, finally in Ramat Gan.
Yosef died on November 29,1993.