WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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It is a Small World Two women living in Wellesley are introduced by a mutual friend. The first is a British-born daughter of a Polish war hero and the widow of a highly decorated Vietnam vet, and the second, an American-born daughter of a Pole who courageously fled Poland to escape the Nazis and later fought for the Allies. Chance has it that both women's fathers fought in the Polish 2nd Corps, the Polish division of the British army know as the "Anders' Army." It was composed of Polish troops in exile who were given the mission to break through German lines in order to open the path for American troops in Italy during World War II. Meet Anna Maria Anders Costa, daughter of the esteemed General Władysław Anders. General Anders was born in 1892 in an area 60 miles west of Warsaw that was then a part of the Russian Empire. He pursued a military education and had an illustrious military career. Anna Maria's father served in the Imperial Russian Army during World War I, joined the newly independent Polish army in 1918, fought in the Polish-Soviet War, and led a brigade against the Germans who invaded Poland in 1939. Then after learning about the Soviet invasion of Poland, he traveled south toward the city of Lwów, en route to the Hungarian/Romanian border, where he was captured by the Soviets and subsequently jailed in the Lubyanka prison in Moscow. Released from captivity to fight against Germany when it became Poland and the USSR's common enemy, General Anders was allowed to form a Polish army comprised of Polish political prisoners freed from Siberia. That army, named the "Polish 2nd Corps," was permitted E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer P A I N T I N G B Y P E T E R M C I N T Y R E , W O U N D E D A T C A S S I N O , M A R C H 1 9 4 4 67 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8

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