Date(s) - 03/23/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Village Books & Paper Dreams


Meet Katrina Shawver, author of HENRY: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America.

When journalist Katrina Shawver met the eighty-five-year-old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, original documents and photos, and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time. Told in an interview format, Henry relates a life as a champion swimmer and coach, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Catholic Polish political prisoner. This bridge to history is told with a pragmatic gallows humor and 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 luck. If you are a discerning adult, looking for an intelligent read, this book is for you.