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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from Harvard. Today, he is a retired CEO of Signatron, an electronics firm he founded in 1962 and sold in 1984. Fast-forward 72 Years Anna Maria Anders Costa, now a member of the Polish government, as well as Julian and Fay Bussgang, their daughter Jessica, and grand- daughter, Raquel all traveled to Italy in May of 2017 to take part in the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino. The battle was a decisive but bloody one that enabled the United States army that had landed in Anzio, to break through to Rome, resulting in victory over the Germans. The Office of Veterans' Affairs in Warsaw had invited all surviving Anders' Army soldiers to Italy to attend a series of ceremonies honoring the courageous fallen soldiers. "In years past, the Polish government organized memorial events every five years, but now that there are fewer and fewer surviving veterans, they host every year," explains Julian, who, at 92 years old, was one of the younger veterans in attendance. above: Monte Cassino Abbey as seen from the Polish Military Cemetery; right: Pomnik General Władysława Anders in Park Jordana, Kraków, Poland; below: Anna Maria Anders Costa speaking at the Monte Cassino Polish Cemetery. Each cross marks an individual Polish military Catholic grave Israel. Some of the Jewish soldiers who remained in Palestine fought for the independence of Israel and others joined the Jewish Brigade to fight the Nazis in Europe. Bussgang fought in the momentous battles at Monte Cassino, Ancona, and Bologna under the ultimate command of General Anders, a man for whom he has the highest respect. When the war ended in 1945, Bussgang was first assigned to the British transit camp in Italy, using his English language skills to help former prisoners return home to countries across Europe. Later, Bussgang and fellow soldiers enrolled in Italian universities to continue their studies. After the evacuation of Polish soldiers to Britain, Bussgang continued his undergraduate education in England rather than return to Poland, since his hometown of Lwów had been annexed to the Soviet Union and he had learned about the brutal Russian labor camps where many Poles had been deported during the war. In 1949, Bussgang immigrated to the United States and earned his master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. 70 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 From Poland With Honor

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