Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America

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 Ausch When Katrina Shawver met the eighty-five year old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, a surprising cache of ...

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Title:Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
Author:Katrina Shawver
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:307 pages pages

Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America Reviews

  • Marcia Fine
    Oct 03, 2017
    HENRY ?A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver Katrina Shawver has written an accurate account of one man's journey through the Holocaust who wasn't Jewish. We cannot forget the others who stood up for us when few were willing to do s...
  • James Martin
    Sep 30, 2017
    HENRY is an extraordinary addition to the body of WWII literature. It is the harrowing personal experiences of this Catholic Pole as a prisoner in the German concentration camps of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Dachau that yield information found nowhere else and keep the reader riveted t...
  • Nancy
    Nov 04, 2017
    I really wanted to give this book a higher rating. However, the organization and writing were a distraction. The author admits she had a hard time pulling the hours of interviews and her extensive research together. Unfortunately she didn?t get enough help to make this work as import...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Sep 23, 2017
    Henry ? A Polish Swimmer?s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver is a biography on a Polish national who survived the horrors of concentration camps and World War II. Ms. Shawver is a journalist and a public speaker who happened to live near Mr. Zgud...
  • Hobart
    Oct 18, 2017
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- Looking for something for her Arizona Republic column, Katrina Shawver found and interviewed Henry Zguda, a octogenarian, who'd been a competitive swimmer in Poland who'd spent three years in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. The int...
  • Heidi
    Oct 20, 2017
    Received this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This book was told to Katrina Shawver by Henry Zguda. Katrina interviewed Henry for a short story and from that short story she realized that Henry had so much more to tell. Henry was from Poland and was sent to numerous concen...
  • Susan
    Oct 30, 2017
    Henry Zguda, a Catholic Pole, survived the concentration camps of World War II. He is the first one to say it was because he was lucky and had friends in good places. Through his conversations with Ms. Shawver, the reader gets an inside look at the daily events in the life of a prisone...
  • Ericafoferica
    Mar 07, 2018
    I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. The Holocaust is a section of history that will always break my heart, yet it's fascinating for me at the same time. I had high expectations for "Henry," but those expectations weren't necessarily met. While I enjoyed the contrast bet...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    Jan 12, 2018
    Wow. People throw around words like "heroic" and "indomitable spirit" - and then you read a tale like Henry's and learn what they really mean... This is an incredibly moving tale (to say the least), and equally interesting and moving is the origin story behind the tale. It started almo...
  • Priya
    Nov 29, 2017
    Having read quite a bit of fiction set around WW2 times,I was not unfamiliar with some of the horrors of the war. Nevertheless, this account of a survivor, a man who actually went through all that torture and lived to tell the tale, was truly chilling! Henry's story brought out the f...
  • *Avonna
    Nov 28, 2017
    Check out all of my reviews at http://www.avonnalovesgenres.com HENRY: A POLISH SWIMMER?S TRUE STORY OF FRIENDSHIP FROM AUSCHWITZ TO AMERICA by Katrina Shawver is a memoir/biography that had me turning the pages and finishing this memorable read in just two sittings. Katrina Sh...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    Nov 15, 2017
    Henry: A Polish Swimmer?s True Story of Friendship From Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver Koehler Books Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members? Titles Biographies & Memoirs , History Pub Date 01 Nov 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Henry: A...
  • Agnes
    Nov 30, 2017
    Krakow was one of the Polish cities that suffered severely from human casualties during the Second World War. When the cities such as Warsaw, Poznan, Bialystok, Gdansk or Elblag were virtually razed to the ground and suffered under the subsequent marches of hostile forces and the long-...
  • Deb
    Nov 12, 2017
    I received this book courtesy of Goodreads and its publisher, Koehler Books. I was pleased with the book signed by the author and a ?Henry? bookmark. This book is based on interviews of Henry Zguda and research to validate Henry?s statements. Henry was a political Polish pris...
  • Janet
    Dec 11, 2017
    This is the fascinating story of an extraordinary Polish man, Henry Zguda, who experienced horrific cruelty and miraculous rescues while at Auschwitz and other concentration camps during WWII. After the war, he eventually made his way to the US and survived to find happiness for the re...
  • Billy Buttons
    Aug 15, 2018
    This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought: Title: Henry: A Polish Swimmer?s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America Author: Katrina Shawver Star Rating: 5 Stars Number of Readers: Stats Editing: 10/10 Writing Style: ...
  • Erin
    Mar 07, 2018
    My Rating: 4.5 stars Thank you to Netgalley, and the publisher/author for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review. I read this book over a few months because it is a heavy thing to deal with. The stories that Henry told of what happened to him and so many others in Auschwitz an...
  • Amy
    Nov 21, 2017
    Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America by Katrina Shawver is a fabulous read. I highly recommend it! ...
  • Karen Ingalls
    Jul 06, 2018
    This is a most fascinating read about the life of Henry Zguda, who was a champion swimmer in Poland. The author tape recorded her many interviews of Henry, researched to verify facts, visited and saw places in Poland of which he spoke, and included photographs. The tumultuous history o...
  • Jay Williams
    Oct 27, 2017
    I was a little disappointed to discover this book is as much about the author as it is about Henry. Henry's descriptions of Poland and the concentration camps were extremely good and interesting. The author's first hand account of her visits to the areas in the book was quite good for ...
  • Mariejkt
    Nov 29, 2017
    "Henry" by Katrina Shawver is a book about Henry a polish swimmers life and friendships from Auschwitz to America. What a powerful book, yes, books from Holocaust survivors are almost always powerful but this one was different. Why do I say different as the author writes what Henry rev...
  • Amy Shannon
    Nov 01, 2017
    Inspiring! Getting to know Henry is absolutely inspiring. Henry spells out and reconstructions his life for the author, bringing his story of survival from one of the darkest and horrific times in history. It was created by the author's interviews with Henry Zguda, and it was rema...
  • Mark Walker
    Mar 20, 2018
    Henry tells his story as a champion swimmer and swimming coach, interrupted by three years of imprisonment in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish political prisoner. He had an exceptional memory and an impressive cache of original documents and photos. I ran across this fascinating st...
  • Jack Mayer
    Oct 01, 2017
    Elie Wiesel said ?'When you listen to a witness, you become a witness.? Katrina Shawver?s luminous non-fiction, Henry:A Polish Swimmer?s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America is a beautifully rendered act of witness and love about an extraordinary Pole, Henry Zguda...
  • Maria Ryan
    Oct 30, 2017
    A Gift I will admit that I am drawn to stories of the holocaust and the trials suffered in the Second World War. I have read a number of books both fiction and non-fiction regarding this topic. I have a great admiration and respect for anyone who has suffered through that time and I...
  • Jena Henry
    Apr 17, 2018
    ?Hope was the only incurable disease of Auschwitz.??Henry Zaguda Memoir and history weave together to tell Henry Zguda?s story- the tale of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times. The author conducted multiple first-person interviews with Mr. Zaguda in 2002- 2...
  • Reader Views
    Jan 16, 2018
    Reviewed by Josh Cramer for Reader Views (1/18) ?Henry: A Polish Swimmer?s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America? is incredible. Katrina Shawver tells a beautiful story of friendship and survival, while mixing in an unforgettable history lesson. This is a book tha...
  • Ellesse
    Dec 30, 2017
    Recently I was reading a book about the three women from the UK who joined the forces during WWII (review here), the book really sparked my interest to find out more about the people who lived through that era. Henry was exactly the book I was looking for. In general I much prefer a...
  • Claire Gordon-Bouvier
    Dec 17, 2017
    "Henry" tells the incredible true life story of Henry Zguda, a Polish swimmer who lived through the Holocaust and was for some time imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps as a political prisoner. Told largely through a series of interviews (with some background information interjec...
  • Jess (bookwyrmbella)
    Feb 18, 2018
    This was a very informative book. I have read many books about WWII and the Holocaust but I have never read one from this perspective. Henry had quite a different experience than the usual Jewish prisoners of the concentration camps. It was still an awful experience though. The author ...