Book by Arizona Author Katrina Shawver on Auschwitz Survivor is Nominated for The Big Library Read, a Global Book Club
HENRY: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America is one of ten books nominated for the monthly book choice for the Big Library Read. The winning title will be made available in digital libraries worldwide on April 1, 2019
Voting ends February 6, 2019. On Social Media use #BigLibraryRead
The Big Library Read (BLR) is a worldwide digital version of a local book club. The reading program connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. The program is free through local and school libraries. The program is facilitated by Overdrive.
This incredible true story is both a witness to the Holocaust through Polish eyes and the story of how Henry Zguda, a Polish (Catholic) competitive swimmer, survives Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps by his wits, humor, luck, and friends. At times humorous, always gut-honest, this account fills a huge gap in historical accounts of Poles during World War II. Henry's story is backed by authentic documents and photos reprinted throughout the book, combined with meticulous research, that includes a trip to Poland and Germany in 2013.
Katrina Shawver is an experienced writer, blogger, speaker, and author. She spent fifteen years researching World War II, Poland, Auschwitz, and the Holocaust. She began her writing career more than twenty years ago by writing hundreds of newspaper columns for the Arizona Republic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Polish Heritage Award from the Polish American Congress of Arizona. For more information visit katrinashawver.com where she blogs regularly.
Katrina Shawver lives in Phoenix Arizona, as did Henry Zguda (1917-2003.)