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A top “must-have” for any listener of Holocaust and World War II survival accounts. This incredible true story is both a witness to the Holocaust through Polish eyes and the story of how Henry Zguda, a Polish Catholic swimmer, survives Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald. 

At times humorous, always gut-honest, this account fills a huge gap in historical accounts of Poles during World War II. Winner of 2018 Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest - First Place for Published Nonfiction, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award – Silver for Biography, and other recognitions.

©2017 Katrina Shawver (P)2020 Katrina Shawver

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  • 15-02-2021

Fascinating. Brilliantly written, performed.

A totally unrelated internet search last week led me to the story of Katrina Shawver’s serendipitous encounter with Henry Zguda and an introduction to this book. Fascinated, I had to get it and am so glad I did. Shawver’s keen sensibility in preserving Henry’s story is evident throughout as she brilliantly brings him to life by blending material from interviews, historical records and facts, and personal insights. The story has much to teach about the many unknown aspects of the Holocaust, horrors of that period, and at the same time - of human strength, resilience and love. I felt like I got to know Henry and was sad to reach the end of the book. Brava, Ms. Shawver, and thank you.

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  • 11-08-2021

A very engaging collection of recollections

This book was very well put together. Very accessible. Educational but not too academic. Well written and performed, we feel like we get to know both Henry and the author intimately.

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