Authors Mary Romney-Schaab and Linda Richardson Book Signing at the Sint Maarten Library

June 7, 2024  -On Tuesday, June 6th, 2024, the Sint Maarten Library is inviting the public to join us in
celebrating literacy with acclaimed authors Mary Romney-Schaab, Ed.M, and Drs. Linda
Richardson. Both authors will be hosting a book signing event for their latest books, titled
“An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era: From Papiamentu to German” and “Trilingual
Terminology in Criminal Proceedings: Dutch, English, and Spanish” at the Sint Maarten
Library from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This event is open to the public.

“An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era: From Papiamentu to German” is the true story of Sint
Maartener Lionel Romney, an Afro-Caribbean merchant sailor, and his wartime
experiences, narrated by his daughter, Mary L. Romney-Schaab. Trapped in World War II’s
chaos, he was imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp system, spending four years in
Italy and a year in Mauthausen camp in Austria, enduring inhumane treatment and
witnessing atrocities. How was it possible for a Black civilian to end up in a concentration
camp? What did he witness? How did he survive? For decades, Lionel remained silent about
his trauma until Mary conducted a series of oral history interviews. This non-fiction book
answers these questions in Lionel Romney’s own words through the oral history recorded
by his daughter, the author. The book combines these interviews, her visits to Mauthausen
and Italy, and reflections on her father’s Caribbean origins, offering a blend of oral history,
memoir, and historical account. For more information, visit
Mary Romney-Schaab was born in New York City. A retired educator with over 40 years of
experience, she has taught in the United States of America and Spain and is descended from
many generations of Sint Maarteners.
“Trilingual Terminology in Criminal Proceedings: Dutch, English, and Spanish” has been
praised as an essential tool in the criminal justice system in the Dutch Caribbean. It is a
valuable resource not only for legal professionals but also for the entire community,
helping to bring the judicial system to the people it serves in our multilingual society. Drs.
Linda Richardson, a renowned translator and courtroom interpreter, writes this bestselling

Author, translator, and educator Linda Richardson is a former Minister of Education and
Culture of the Netherlands Antilles. She brings over 40 years of experience as an
interpreter/translator in the judicial system and many other areas.
The upcoming book signing for Mary Romney-Schaab and Linda Richardson offers a unique
opportunity for readers to connect with the authors. Meeting Mary Romney they will gain
insight into the life journey of Lionel Romney in “An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era”. In
addition, attendees will learn about the process behind why the author of “Trilingual
Terminology in Criminal Proceedings”, Linda Richardson, created this book for better
understanding the languages used during judicial proceedings.
Both books will be available for purchase at the event. Attendees are also welcome to bring
their own copies of the aforementioned titles for signing. There will be a brief Q&A session
following the signing, allowing one to engage directly with Mary Romney-Schaab and Linda

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