WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the next three years, until the American liberation of Germany, she was the nanny and housekeeper for the Nüttgens, a religious Catholic family who abhorred Hitler and treated Larisa with dignity. To this day, Larisa values the impact the Nüttgens had on her life's course, "I learned only good things from the Nüttgens. They are the reason I became a Catholic." In the spring of 1945 as the Nazis were losing their European stronghold, they required all able-bodied German men to join the army. Determined not to fight in what he knew would be the waning days of Nazi dominance, Mr. Nüttgens went into hiding and put Larisa in charge of his family. Soon after, American troops occupied the Nüttgens' town of Angermünd and began the process of returning thousands of displaced persons to their homelands. "On April 28, 1945, I went to register with the American forces, although I had no intention of leaving until Herr Nüttgens returned," clarified Larisa. "An American staff sergeant named William McCue answered the door and we spoke in German. He led me to his captain 62 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6

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