Mission Remembrance: Publishing Personal Stories That Keep History’s Lessons Alive

March 2005
by Joanne S. Silver

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In the film Les Invasions barbares, a terminally ill professor laments: “If only I had written something.” Beach Lloyd Publishers, LLC, is trying to fulfill that wish to leave something lasting behind. Although we have been in existence for only two-and-a-half years, what began as a translating project has morphed into a company with five titles, including World War II memoirs, Holocaust survivor testimony, and the story of a Hidden Child. Each of our books appears in both French and English. In addition, we distribute some related books, videos, and DVDs.

Remembrance was built into our name: Rex Beach Lloyd, my father, was a Navy medic who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. On that very day, Armand Idrac, then 14 years old, sought refuge near Caen for himself, his recently widowed mother, and his younger sister. Almost exactly 56 years later, in the summer of 2000, when Armand and I had been friends for 30 years, he unceremoniously handed me a manuscript–”Mémoires d’Armand,” which he had written just for friends and family.

Armand’s memoir was in French; I was near the end of my 28-year career teaching French, and I offered to translate and publish his book. Since he writes with dry humor and an engaging style and since he had survived the Allied landings and those months before the Liberation as a 14-year-old de facto head of family, the riveting facts were there for the telling. Together we d…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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