The Czech edition of HENRY is here!

Katrina holding the Czech edition and the Polish Edition of HenryThe Czech edition of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America is here! I found out just after I received a copy of the Polish edition. I waited to announce it until I got my own copy in my hands. The book is gorgeous, the fanciest one yet. It is a hardcover, with dust jacket,in a  slightly smaller size. The red letters HENRY on the cover are embossed. Yes, I am now published in three languages, in three countries. Help me raise a toast to Henry and Nancy Zguda. Cheers! Na zdrowie!

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Taking a Break on the East Coast

Katrina Shawver - downtown PhiladelphiaI don’t take many vacations far from home. Not because I don’t want to, but the advance planning and work often takes more time than I have or simply overwhelms me. It’s something I need to work on. We all need to take a break at times. Well, for 2019 I stepped out and took a break and headed for the East Coast. You never know who you might meet in downtown Philadelphia. 🙂

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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