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Henry : a Polish swimmer's true story of friendship from Auschwitz to America
Shawver, Katrina, author.
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Virginia Beach, VA : Köehlerbooks, [2017]

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308 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"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 and swimming coach, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish political prisoner. Told with a pragmatic gallows humor, and sense of hope, this bridge to history is supported by extensive research, original documents, and rare photos. Ultimately, Henry is the story a resilient young man who survives by his wits, humor, friends, and a healthy dose of luck"--Page [4] of cover.
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"This book is based entirely on multiple first-person interviews with Henry Zguda from November 2002-2003" -- Preface.
The Second Polish Republic: 1918-1939 -- Poland at war, 1939-1942 -- KL Auschwitz, Oświęcim, Poland: June 1942-March 1943 -- KL Buchenwald, Weimar, Germany: March 1943-August 1944 -- KL Buchenwald, Weimar, Germany: January 1945-May 1945 -- Poland under communism: 1946-1956 -- The United States: land of the free and home of the rich: 1958-1968.
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