Schocken Books (Schocken Verlag) is a publishing company that was established in Berlin with a publishing office in Prague in 1931 by the Schocken Department Store owner Salman Schocken. It published the writings of Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Franz Kafka and S. Y. Agnon, among others.
After being closed by the Germans in 1939, it moved to Mandate Palestine under the name Schocken Publishing. In 1945 it moved to New York City.
In 1987 it joined Random House. Schocken continues to publish Jewish literary works.
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