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...
  • Shari Stauch
    Oct 05, 2017
    This is more topical today than ever, and a brilliant portrait by Shawver of a man imprisoned in Auschwitz. He was Polish, and a Christian, just in the wrong place at a dark time in history. The amazing telling, in Henry's own voice, reveals an impeccable character. And the items in hi...
  • 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...
  • Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis
    Nov 25, 2017
    Henry's story is inspiring and amazing. Shawver's writing is in desperate need of proofreading and editing. The storyline is disjointed, hard to follow, and at times repetitive. Sadly the poor writing style distracted from the story. This could have and should have been a five star rea...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lynn
    Nov 18, 2017
    The chance phone tip leads journalist Katrina Shawver to Henry Zguda, who has led a most amazing life and has a most compelling story to tell. A story about his boyhood in Poland prior to WWII, about German occupation, about Auschwitz-Birkenau. Henry spoke with a thick Polish accent, t...
  • 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! ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tehila
    Dec 02, 2017
    When I started reading Henry?s story, I expected to learn about one man?s experiences. Ms Shawver and Henry taught me many things; my surprise at some of the events in Henry?s time in the camp system mirror Ms Shawver?s own. My only regret about this book is one shared the auth...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Marta Kolodziejski
    Oct 11, 2017
    This book was a great description of the horrible times of Auschwitz and WW2. It was so amazing to read about how many times Henry survived after all that we had gone through. He seemed like a great person who just made friends so easily, he didn't have to worry about anything, as good...
  • 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 ...
  • Pamela Coulter
    Feb 08, 2018
    This book is truly a definitive work for anyone who has an interest in the part Poland played in WWII. I was astounded to find out about their intense suffering, and how many of the Polish people were incarcerated in the German prison camps. The humanity of HENRY, of the title, is burn...