Schocken Books


Schocken Books is a publishing company originally established in Berlin as Schocken Verlag.

Schocken Books
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Parent companyRandom House
FounderSalman Schocken
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
DistributionPenguin Random House
Publication typesBooks


Schocken Books was founded in 1931 by Schocken Department Store owner Salman Schocken. Schocken has published the writings of Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Franz Kafka and S. Y. Agnon, among others.[1]

After being shut down by the Germans in 1939, Schocken, who immigrated from Germany to Palestine in 1934, founded the Hebrew-language Schocken Publishing House in Mandatory Palestine. Schocken moved to the U.S. in 1940. In 1945 he founded the English-language Schocken Books in New York City. In 1987 it was bought up by Random House. Schocken Books continues to publish Jewish literary works.

Selected English publicationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Salman Schocken: Forefather of Haaretz Newspaper and a Modernist in Love With Tradition

External linksEdit

  • Official website
  • A Conversation about Schocken Books - Part I - Katharine McNamara talks with Altie Karper.
  • A Conversation about Schocken Books - Part II - Katharine McNamara talks with Susan Ralston.
  • A Conversation about Schocken Books - Part III - Katharine McNamara talks with Arthur Samuelson.
  • Stephen M. Poppel (1973). "Salman Schocken and the Schocken Verlag: a Jewish publisher in Weimar and Nazi Germany". Harvard Library Bulletin. 21. ISSN 0017-8136.