Yosef was born in Tisso-Uyluk Czechoslovakia on July 27,1921, to Scheindel and Yitzhak, Rabbi from a family of scholars. From 1927 his family lived in Uherski Brud, Czech-Moravia; his father was the Orthodox community’s Rabbi and butcher. Yosef studied at public school plus Hebrew and religious subjects with his father.
He continued at Czech Teachers Seminary Muncatch while active in Beitar. When the Hungarians penetrated Muncatch 1938 commencing anti-Semitic activities, Yosef returned to his parents’ house then decided to immigrate to Israel with Beitar’s “Af-Al-Pi” clandestine Aliyah. Sailing from Constansa aboard the “Katina”, January1929, after three dangerous months at sea, Yospeh reached Netanya shore, Pesach 1939. He immediately joined Beitar Rosh-Pina and Etzel; later he was active at Nachlat-Yitzhak near Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion and Nes-Ziona.
When Etzel split he joined Lehi. Yosef moved to Tel-Aviv, worked in diamonds, and was active in Lehi: surveillance and gathering info. He concentrated on education, training and recruitment. His room sheltered Lehi members nightly, whom he supported financially. When his parents and sister arrived aboard the “Patria”, he joined them and supported them. During the Independence War he joined the IDF, 8th Brigade’s 82nd Battalion, and participated in the Wars of Israel.
After discharge, he graduated Levinsky Seminary, taught 35 years, and administered elementary and high schools, Ulpans in Hadera and Tel-Aviv. He ran the Teachers Seminary in Safed and served as superintendent in the south. Between 1957-59, the Jewish Agency and Ministry of Education sent him on mission to Rio Brazil. In 1962-65 he was sent to Capetown South Africa, teaching and administering Hebrew schools.
He was active in the Likud, especially the Academics Department and education. He completed his BA at Hebrew University Jerusalem, his MA at University of Tel-Aviv. He focused on history of the nation of Israel, and handed in a dissertation for a third degree. He was a man of the book; an educator for whom teaching was destiny and a way of life.
Yosef passed away suddenly, November 1,1986. He left behind wife Raya, sons Yitzchak and Ze’ev, daughter Eliya, plus ten grandchildren.