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.
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