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

Author Katrina Shawver

Katrina Shawver met Henry Zguda when she wrote for the newspaper, and after one meeting offered to write his story. This true story is both a witness to the Holocaust through Polish eyes and the story of how a Polish (Catholic) competitive swimmer survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II by his wits, humor, luck, and friends. This view of the Holocaust through Polish eyes fills a huge gap in historical accounts of Poles during WWII. The book includes a readers guide and original photos and documents, many in print for the first time.

AWARDS
   

Recipient – 2018 Polish Heritage Award from Polish American Congress of Arizona
2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards – First Place Category Winner of the 2018 Journey Book Awards for Narrative Non-Fiction.
2018 Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest – First Place for Published Nonfiction
2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award – Silver for Biography
2017 The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (UK) – Gold for Adult Non-Fiction
2018 Reader Views Literary Awards – Winner in Four categories:
First Place Biography, First Place Regional, Best Nonfiction Book of the Year,
Best Regional Book of the Year
2018 Feathered Quill Book Award – Second Place for Historical
2017 Advice Books (Italy) – Voted Best of 2017

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