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

From the swimming pools of Krakow, to the hell of the Holocaust, this true story reveals the power of resilience and hope in the darkest of times.

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.

Recipient – 2018 Polish Heritage Award – Polish American Congress of Arizona for β€œher contribution to the Documentation of the suffering inflicted on Polish people during the Holocaust.”

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Emails from Readers in Poland and the Czech Republic

Katrina Shawver holding English, Polish and Czech editionsI treasure every email I receive from readers. Because Henry – A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America is translated into both Polish and Czech, I occasionally receive emails from readers in Poland and the Czech Republic. They are at once special, and a validation that Henry Zguda’s story has traveled from Phoenix Arizona to his original home and nearby neighbor, the Czech Republic.

To begin 2021 on a positive, here are some of those overseas emails I have received. Enjoy!

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