Fred Jordan, publisher of Taboo-Breaking Books, dies at 95

Her father was arrested but later smuggled out of Austria and survived the war in the basement of a Belgian church protected by the Bishop of Liège. Alfred’s older sister received a visa for the United States. His mother was interned in the Lodz ghetto in German-occupied Poland in 1940, then transported to the Chelmno extermination camp.

Fred, as he was known, escaped from Vienna as part of the pre-war Kindertransport, which enabled thousands of children threatened by the Nazis to flee to Britain.

His formal education ended in seventh grade. After that he worked in a paper mill, enlisted in the British army when he was old enough, and after the war returned to Vienna, where he worked for a newspaper for the American military. He emigrated to the United States in 1949 with a suitcase and $30 in borrowed cash, only to have it all robbed on a train bound for Kansas City.

In 1951 he married Helen Manson; she died in 2012. In addition to their son, he is survived by a daughter, Lynn Jordan, and a grandson.

Mr. Jordan left Grove in 1977 to run the US division of Methuen, a UK publisher. He then ran an imprint at Grosset & Dunlap before returning in the early 1980s to a financially troubled Grove Press, which would be sold in 1985; Mr. Rosset would be ousted a year later.

Evergreen Review eventually ceased publication, but has been periodically revived and is currently published online. Grove Press merged with Atlantic Monthly Press in 1993 – a victim, of sorts, of its own success, having helped break down the taboos that had held mainstream publishers back more. In 1990, Mr. Jordan again left Grove to become editor of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House.

But no editing experience has replicated his journey of discovery at Grove and Evergreen Review, he said in an interview with the literary journal Delos in 1988, comparing it to a science fiction movie in which aliens smarter than Earthlings anoint agents to keep their minds from becoming stale.