HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
By Katrina Shawver
Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1633935204 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1633935235 (hc)
Formats Available For Review: pdf, epub
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. In the interview style of Tuesdays with Morrie, Henry relates in his own voice a life as a champion swimmer and swimming coach, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish (Catholic) political prisoner. Told with a pragmatic gallows humor, and sense of hope, this bridge to history is supported by extensive research, original documents, and rare photos. Ultimately, HENRY is the story a resilient young man who survives by his wits, humor, friends, and a healthy dose of luck.
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