The American War Bride Experience

GI Brides of World War II

June 20, 1946 -- Syracuse Herald Journal (Syracuse, New York)

Nazis Beat War Bride

New York (AP) -- An Italian countess, who said she was imprisoned and beaten by the Germans because she refused to tell them where she had hidden a downed American aviator, was one of 396 war brides who arrived today on the Thomas H. Barry.

She was identified as the Countess Massimiliana Alberti of Bolzano, now the wife of Maj. Richard W. Lewis, a professor of philosophy and literature at Harvard University before the war.

The 36 year old countess said she was beaten and placed in solitary confinement because she refused to tell the Nasis where she had hidden Lt. Daniel P. Rice, of St. James, Mo.

Rice, now safe in the United States, was one of four American aviators whom she helped save after they were shot down over Bolzano, she added.

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