As the daughter of Salman Schocken, founder of Schocken Books, Eva Schocken pushed the publishing company to the forefront of both education and women’s studies. Schocken’s family left Germany for Palestine in 1933, but Schocken went instead to a British boarding school. She later joined her family briefly before attending college at the Bank Street School in New York in the late 1930s. She followed this with a master’s degree from Columbia in early childhood education and remedial reading. In 1946, when her father brought Schocken Books to the US, Eva Schocken served as an education consultant. When her father died in 1959, her husband, Theodore Herzl Rome, became president of the company and Eva became an editor. She published cutting-edge books on education including work on the “open classroom” concept. She also collaborated with Gerda Lerner to create the first women’s studies series in books, including reissuing books by suffragists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Schocken’s husband died in 1965, and her brother became president of the company, but in 1975 he died as well, and Eva Schocken led the company until her death, publishing bestsellers like Harold Kushner’s When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Eva Schocken." (Viewed on December 18, 2017) <https://jwa.org/people/schocken-eva>.