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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whew! What a year 2020 turned out to be. Remember when “contact tracing” meant you dropped your contact lens on the floor? Or “flatten the curve” meant more time at the gym? I still remember when my son did his “drive-through testing” at the DMV for his driver’s license.

Amidst the challenges, stresses, and losses of this year, I have heard of so many wonderful stories of good people helping out neighbors and community. We are a resilient people who can come together. Let’s look forward together with hope to what good things 2021 will bring.

Merry Christmas! Wesołych Świąt Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Fröhliche Weihnachten! Veselé Vánoce!

Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku! Feliz año nuevo! Bonne année! Glückliches neues Jahr! Šťastný nový rok!

PS. In the spirit of needing more lights and smiles this season, we lit up our tall palm tree for the first time. Now, it’s a new holiday tradition. 🙂

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Armistice Day and a 60-year Insult to Polish Veterans

In the US, we honor our military veterans on November 11. The date is celebrated in many other countries as Armistice, or Remembrance Day. In Poland it is Polish Independence Day. Discussion of veterans reminds me of one of the most appalling snubs of the 20th century. Polish military veterans who fought as part of British forces during World War II were excluded from Victory Day celebrations for sixty years.

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