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

Katrina Shawver signing books

“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

“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

HENRY is a not-to-be-missed book, a man for all seasons, and a man to be upheld as an example of what is good amidst the world’s evils.” –Geraldine Bereziuk Lowrey, The Am-Pol Eagle

   

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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Germany Invaded Poland Eighty Years Ago. Do Untold Stories of WWII Remain?

Henry Zguda and Katrina Shawver work to capture untol storiesFew survivors of the September 1, 1939 German invasion of Poland remain. I believe untold stories of World War II remain, but only for a short time longer.

We are on the brink of losing all remaining untold first-person accounts. Any remaining survivors were likely quite young in 1939. Henry Zguda had just celebrated his twenty-second birthday in July 1939. If he was alive today, he would be 102 years old. His story survives because the universe knocked on my door and I said yes based solely on sheer instinct. It remains one of the best decisions of my life. What can you do if you know of someone with a story?  Continue reading

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