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

Henry Zguda, a Catholic Pole, was arrested by Germans in 1942. His crime? He was Polish at a time Germany had sworn to destroy Poland and all things Polish.

I set out to tell a story. I never meant to become such close friends with Henry and his wife Nancy. Nor did I expect to become the student of Poland and WWII that I am now.

I remain a student and fan of Poland, based on my continuing research. So many stories of Poles go untold, for many reasons. I want to change that and have included stories of notable Poles on this website.

From the back cover:
When Katrina Shawver met the eighty-five year old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, a surprising cache of original documents and photos, and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time. Couched in the interview style of Tuesdays with Morrie, Henry relates in his own voice a life as a champion swimmer, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish political prisoner. With a pragmatic gallows humor, and sense of hope, he showed the author how to truly live for today, preferably with a shot of good Polish vodka. Henry’s path of resiliency and power of connection are as relevant today, as they were in World War II.

The book releases officially on November 1. It is available for pre-order from your favorite indie or chain book store – just click the button below!

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“One More Day” Flash Mob in Warsaw

Zlote Tarasy shopping mall in Warsaw

The Zlote Tarasy shopping mall in downtown Warsaw. Photo by author, 2013.

Watching a “One More Day” flash mob in Warsaw was the light moment I needed yesterday to break up writers block. This signature song from the long-running Broadway mega-hit Les Miserables, has been translated into 22 languages. In the spirit of something fun and not too serious, I’m including the link to a flash mob filmed in a shopping mall in the heart of Warsaw in 2011. Even more fun – I’ve been in that mall. For whatever reason I can watch Les Mis again and again, even if I can’t sing along in Polish. Enjoy!

 

 

If you still want Broadway fun in Polish, CLICK HERE for previous post with two fun videos of Mamma Mia! in Polish.

Have a fabulous day!

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