Katrina Shawver
This incredible true story is a witness to the Holocaust through Polish eyes and the story of how Henry Zguda, a Polish Catholic swimmer, survives Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. At times humorous, always gut-honest, this account fills a huge gap in historical accounts of Poles during WWII. The account is backed by meticulous research and includes many original documents and photos.

About the Author

Katrina is an experienced writer, speaker, and lifelong history geek. In 2002, while writing for the Arizona Republic newspaper, she met Henry Zguda, a Polish Catholic survivor of German concentration camps, and soon offered to write his incredible story. She spent many years researching Poland, World War II, and the Holocaust. She holds a BA from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science and has excelled at the School of Trial and Error.

The Polish American Congress - Arizona division awarded Katrina their 2018 Polish Heritage Award for “her contribution to the documentation of the suffering inflicted on Polish people during the Holocaust.” It stands as her most treasured award among many others received. Katrina is a seasoned Toastmaster and a Road Scholar for Arizona Humanities, the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2019-2021.

Give her a good book, cozy chair, and a glass of Merlot and she sighs contentment. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.