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

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.

HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, released November 1, 2017, continues to garner praise and awards.

Finalist 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Award programFinalist in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Program.

2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program, Second Place for the Historical category

Advices Books (Italy) – Best Book Read in 2017 – Category New Authors

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.

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– 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
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Do Not Blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust

Block 11 in Auschwitz

Nearly 20,000 Poles were executed in front of this wall near Block 11 in Auschwitz by a single shot in the back of the head. Photo by author, 2013.

Do not blame Poland and Poles for the Holocaust. It’s untrue, wrong and akin to hate speech. I struggle to comprehend the vehemence of so many people to blame Poland for the Holocaust and for concentration camps built in occupied Poland by Germany. Clearly, a review of Polish history is in order. Think of Henry Zguda, and thousands like him, who were beaten, starved, or worse, in German concentration camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Then imagine someone telling Henry Zguda to his face he hadn’t suffered as much as others, and most of Poland collaborated with the Germans. That Poland should pay for its role in the Holocaust. It happened. And he never forgot it. Such is the seemingly worldwide insistence and conviction to blame Poland for the Holocaust, including the government of Israel. Consider the following.

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