Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America


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Koehler Books
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5.98 X 0.75 X 9.02 inches | 1.34 pounds

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About the Author

Katrina is an experienced writer, accomplished speaker, and lifelong history geek. She spent many years researching Poland, World War II, and the Holocaust. Her writing career began more than twenty years ago by penning hundreds of newspaper columns for the Arizona Republic. She lives in Phoenix Arizona with her husband. Recipient - 2018 Polish Heritage Award from the Polish American Congress of Arizona


"This is a much-needed addition to your library." --Polish American Journal

"The treasure trove of documents and images, from vintage photos from the Buchenwald Memorial to Henry's letters (some 70 original photos and rare German documents) is just one thing that sets Henry apart from any other survivor's story, making it a top 'must have' acquisition for any collection strong in Holocaust survival accounts."-- D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Everyone who reads Henry becomes a witness."--Jack Mayer, author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project and Before the Court of Heaven

"Highly recommended."--James Conroyd Martin, author of The Poland Trilogy and The Boy Who Wanted Wings

"We know that we should never forget the Holocaust, and Shawver is ensuring that we won't."-- John Liffiton, Professor and Director Genocide Conferences, Scottsdale Community College

"This remarkable true story will take you on a historical journey, filled with a firsthand account of how one man survived the impossible, and then found the love of his life."--J.L. Witterick, International Best Selling Author of My Mother's Secret

"I've read dozens of memoirs of people who survived the camps, and Katrina Shawver's book is among the best."--John Guzlowski, author of Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded, winner of the Eric Hoffer/Montaigne Award

"We are fortunate that Shawver had the presence of mind to bring Zguda's story to the world."--Leonard Kniffel, member of the Board of Directors of the Polish American Librarians Association and the Polish Museum of America in Chicago

"Henry is both poignant and inspiring."--Andrew Nagorski, author of The Nazi Hunters and Hitlerland

"Those brave souls who survived World War II are some of the finest examples of courage in our lifetime. Fortunately, Katrina Shawver knew exactly how to bring Henry Zguda's courage to life."-- Judith L. Pearson, author of The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy

"I worked as a counterintelligence agent in Germany for twenty-five years . . . From those who were victims of the Nazis or those who spoke honestly about their experiences, I can attest that Shawver knows what she is talking about."--Robert Dukelow, author of Four Strong Women: A Glimpse of Germany's Untold History 1938-1957

"Shawver weaves together a riveting, unforgettable tale that captures the unstoppable flight of the human spirit."--Greg Archer, author of Grace Revealed and Huffington Post columnist

"A remarkable feat of writing! Bravo for humanity!"--Marcia Fine, author of Hidden Ones, The Blind Eye, and Paper Children - An Immigrant's Legacy

"Best book I have read on Auschwitz!"--J. R. Sharp, CDR USN (ret), author, Feeding the Enemy