Frankenstein, Karl

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Frankenstein, Karl Gender: M
born on 16 February 1905 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Berlin-Charlottenb., Germany, 52n32, 13e16
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 26°51' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 08°42 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 11°44'

Karl Frankenstein (At right)


Israeli professor in special education and pedagogy, awarded the Israel Prize, in education, in 1965. Frankenstein's thoughts and research were published in many books, primarily in Hebrew, but including eight in English and four in German.

In 1927, he completed his studies in philosophy and psychology at Berlin University and the University of Erlangen. During his studies, he was actively involved in Jewish relief organizations. After a period in France, he emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1935.

From 1935 until 1965, Frankenstein was a lecturer and faculty member at a number of educational establishments, including the School of Social Service of the Jewish National Council, nursing schools, teaching seminars, Youth Aliyah organizations and the Department of Criminology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1937, he was appointed as the first juvenile probation officer in the country. He was also served as liaison between the National Committee and the Mandate authorities in the field of welfare and education and was also active behalf of the National Council with respect to the social and educational welfare of children from Mizrahi families.

At the time of establishing the State of Israel, in 1948-1949, he was appointed head of the Henrietta Szold Institute, (National Institute for Research in the Behavioral Sciences) in Jerusalem, which position he led until 1953.

From 1951 until his retirement in 1969, Frankenstein was a faculty member at the Hebrew University, and served as a professor for pedagogy and special education. His principal areas of study were developmental sociology, juvenile delinquency, rehabilitation intelligence, problems in immigrant absorption, ways of thinking, psychology and psychopathy.

Frankenstein expressed outright racist attitudes towards Mizrahim, writing, "We have to recognize the primitive mentality of many of the immigrants from backward countries". He further suggested that Mizrahi Jews have the mentality of primitive people who are somewhat mentally disturbed.

After retiring from the university, he continued with a great deal of volunteer work, including serving as editor of the journal "Magamot" (Trends).

Karl Frankenstein died on 22 January 1990 at age 84 in Jerusalem.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1965 (Israel Prize, in education)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry (no. 129) from Berlin Archives.


  • Traits : Personality : Bigot (Racist)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 84)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Law : Legal system employee (Probation officer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Journal editor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (Israel Prize, in education)