KATZ, ALBERT (Heb. pseudonym א״ך איש הרוח); (1858–1923), writer, journalist, and Zionist. Katz, who was born in Lodz, served as teacher and preacher at Fuerstenwalde, near Berlin (1883–86). Katz and W. *Bambus founded the periodical Serubabel (1886–88), which advocated colonization in Ereẓ Israel. In 1890 Katz joined the editorial staff of the *Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums and eventually succeeded G. Karpeles and L. Geiger as chief editor. He was co-founder and secretary of the Verband der Vereine fuer Juedische Geschichte und Literatur and edited its Jahrbuch (jjgl) with Karpeles. Katz's published books include: Der Jude und das Land seiner Vaeter (also published in Hebrew; 1883); Der Wahre Talmudjude (against *Rohling, 1893, 19284); Die Juden im Kaukasus (1894); Die Juden in China (1900); and Christen und Juden als Foerderer der hebraeischen Sprache (1907). He also wrote some short stories and translated I.B. *Levinsohn's Efes Damim (against the blood *libel) into German as Die Blutluege (1892).
[Nathan Michael Gelber]