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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With Bill's duties at Nuremberg winding down, Bill and Larisa's personal trial was securing paperwork to get Larisa to the United States. Larisa explains the first hurdle, "The Russian government didn't recognize my marriage and tried to force my return. A clerk at the Russian consulate warned Bill, 'Hey, Yank, don't let her go to Russia. They will never let her out.'" Fortunately, the American consulate in Paris declared Larisa stateless so she could obtain an American visa. After a month in Paris, on March 6, 1946, Larisa, along with a ship full of war brides, boarded the Italian ocean liner MS Vulcania to start her life in the United States of America — a life and a country she deeply loves. In her seventy years as an American citizen, Larisa raised five children, obtained a master's degree, worked as a teacher, and cared for her husband before his passing. Her life story inspires pause and appreciation of the strength of character and contributions of immigrants all over the world. 64 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 an interview with larisa beresowskaja mccue top: April 1945 – Larisa and Bill's engage- ment photo taken at the Displaced Person's Camp where the two worked together. bottom: A request from Captain Polden for permission for Larisa to ride on a military train (as a dependent) to the American Embassy in Paris, France or Bern, Switzerland to obtain a visa for entry to the US, a requirement for war brides at the time.

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