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

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.

Of Note:
– The Arizona State Library has already chosen HENRY for addition to the Talking Book Library. HENRY is also in libraries in Arizona, Florida, Washington state, and more are pending.
–  The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles has added HENRY to its list of Books From Poland and About Poland in English – the first such addition since 2014.
– The Polish-American Journal, a national publication, chose HENRY as its book review for the month of October. Their assessment: “This is a much-needed addition to your library.”

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD
– Tell your friends – Word-of-mouth is the best way to let people know
– Contact your local library
and request they add HENRY to their collection
– Post a review online – 
 A review can be two words, such as “Loved it” or “Definitely recommend.” I’m including the links below for your convenience. Reviews are critical for online algorythms to rank HENRY as a recommended book and alert others it’s a good read.
Recommend HENRY to your book group. I love speaking to book groups.

Review on Amazon (even if you didn’t purchase there) Click here
Review on GoodReads  Click here

 

 

 

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