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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Julian and a small cadre of fellow veterans from Europe, Argentina, Canada, and the United States were joined by a large Polish government delegation, including Anna Maria Anders. Ever since the 2010 death of her mother, Irena Renata Anders, she has assumed her mother's mantle representing Poles in exile and the Polish 2nd Corps. In addition, Anna Maria currently holds the positions of Polish Senator for the country's eastern flank as well as Secretary of State for International Dialogue for Poland's Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo. "Not only did Anna Maria speak fluently and eloquently in Polish, Italian, and English at the ceremonies, but also it was ex- tremely meaningful for our family, given our connection to Anna Maria from Wellesley and to her late father, who my father revered," recounts Jessica, speaking about the woman she met several years ago over lunch in Wellesley who now spends most of her time in Poland and on official Polish business around the world. above: The veterans with their families and Polish government dignitaries visiting the Vatican where Pope John Paul II is buried; right: Julian Bussgang and fellow soldiers who took part in the Battle of Bologna received "Defenders of the Fatherland" medals at the Polish Cemetery in San Lazzaro, near Bologna, Italy; below: Julian Bussgang and Anna Maria Anders Costa at the Polish Cemetery at Monte Cassino, Italy 72 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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