Do you love learning about history or enjoy reading a captivating biography? Local author Katrina Shawver will visit the Chandler Sunset Library on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss her book, Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America. Shawver plans to share experiences from her time meeting with then-85-year old Holocaust survivor, Henry Zguda, as well as her efforts in sharing his remarkable story through her book. This biography is both a witness to the Holocaust through Polish eyes and the story of how Henry Zguda, a Polish competitive swimmer, survives Auschwitz and Buchenwald by his wits, humor, luck and friends.
Henry Zguda spent three years in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a political prisoner during the Second World War. Since Henry’s death in 2003, Shawver has dedicated much of her life to finishing this book, which recounts Henry’s unique and powerful story. The book includes first-person narrative drawn from interviews with Henry, as well as original photos and documents.
Shawver was recently awarded the 2018 Polish Heritage Award by the Polish American Congress Arizona Division. The Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest awarded Henry First Place for Published Nonfiction.
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Looking for more history? Visit the Chandler Downtown Library on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. for Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. Hear author Marty Brounstein tell the amazing story of a Dutch couple who saved over two dozen Jewish children during WWII.