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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“When the Day of Judgement dawns and the great conquerors and lawyers and statesmen come to receive their rewardstheir crowns, their laurels, their names carved indelibly upon imperishable marblethe Almighty will turn to Peter and will say, not without a certain envy when he sees us coming with our books under our arms, Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them here. They have loved reading.”
—Virginia Woolf (18821941)