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Now that we have normal relations with Cuba I’d like to tell this story of mine so here it goes…
It Was in the late 1950’s -1961. Fidel Castro had sent his son to live with his sister in Flushing N.Y. during the revolution of Cuba,& attended my school P.S 20 in Queens & when the war was over and Batista was ousted from office, Fidel was supposed to come to my school, and take home his son home in dramatic fashion in an elaborate ceremony at the Tuesday Assembly. Fidel was busy and sent his brother Raul Castro in his place, I remember Raul and his fatigued wearing comrades marching down the aisle during our assembly…
Raul presented the principal Mr. Phillips with a giant bust Fidel and Mr. Phillips couldn’t stop showing off and bragging that he was friends with Fidel Castro. Not long after that assembly Fidel started summary executions and reveled that he was a communist. Mr. Philips hid the Castro bust in the cellar of the school and that was the end of his bragging.
My Great Great grandfather and his older son had lived down south during the American Civil War and left as there was not any work after the Civil War during the reconstruction period.They returned to Europe for employment….
Their return to Europe was short lived as they were to forced to flee eastern Europe at the onset of the pogroms.They settled in Cuba as they were not able to immigrate to The U.S. since they lived in the C.S.A. However my Great Great Grandfathers youngest son my Great Grandfather in which I’am named after was born in Europe and was able to secure a visa & immigrate to this country . . My mothers Mother would travel to Miami to visit her Grandfather, uncle and cousins during the 1920’s and 1930’s from Cuba. Castro confiscated property and money from the common folk , now we are not talking about Big Sugar or Big Tobacco , but the Small Retail owner the Mom & Pop style shops in which I had relatives that fled Cuba , .. Castro was billed as a guerilla fighter ,well that’s just a fancy more palatable way the press cleaned it up for a terrorist..no different than Hamas….By the way all of my family in Cuba’s money and properties confiscated by the Castro regime without reparations .people were burying money as thinking Castro would only be in power temporarily.well that did not happen and thats the way it was.