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When journalist Katrina Shawver met the eighty-five-year-old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, original documents and photos, and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time. Told in an interview format, Henry relates a life as a champion swimmer and coach, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Catholic Polish political prisoner. This bridge to history is told with a pragmatic gallows humor and is supported by extensive research and more than 80 original documents and rare photos. Ultimately, Henry is the story a resilient young man who survives by his wits, humor, friends, and luck. If you are a discerning adult, looking for an intelligent read, this book is for you. She will discuss this lesser-known piece of history and offer insights into what it took to complete this unique book.
Katrina Shawver is an experienced writer, blogger, and speaker. She spent fifteen years researching WWII, Poland, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and the Holocaust. Katrina holds a BA from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science, and began her writing career more than twenty years ago by writing hundreds of newspaper columns for The Arizona Republic. Her favorite quote is ”What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Rick.
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