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Thread: The loss of a homeland....

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    The loss of a homeland....

    My family originally comes from the city of Oviedo in the province of Asturias in Spain. Oviedo for those that don’t know was home to the Spanish Mauser Factory. It was also where the Spanish Civil War started in the 1930s. But that’s another thread.

    My Bisabuelo (Great Grandfather) was born in Oviedo and as a teenager he enlisted into the Spanish Army since he wanted out. He was Stationed in Cuba. He was sent to Cuba in February of 1898 and took part in the Spanish American War and fought the “Los Yanquis”. When the war ended, he decided to stay in Cuba because has family legend has it. He didn’t like the cold back home and the women were very sexy.

    So he settled in CamagŁey Province. He raised cattle and grew sugar. CamagŁey is known for its gauchos and guajiros. In Mexico they’re called vaqueros. In the US they’re called cowboys.







    He married and fathered four kids. One boy and three girls. My Abuelo (Grandfather) was raised in a strict and harsh manner. Bisabuelo would have him go to school and study. He told him that “you work smarter, not harder” and would beat him if he got bad grades. Also he would make him do math everyday and if he did it right, he could skip some chores. If not…. a beating. My Abuelo grew up into adulthood during the Great Depression and political upheaval of the 1930s but he studied and graduated with an education. He moved to Havana and started a chicken business. Selling kosher good across the country. He became successful and also bought property on Havana Beach and started a number of rental properties and a hotel.

    Then the Revolution happened. By 1959, my Abuelo was happily married and successful. He had two boys. My Father and my Padrino (Uncle). My Abuela was successful on her own right. She was highly educated and was an assistant math instructor at Havana University. She did it part time since she had a degree in math and science. She wanted to raise her sons right and have them be highly educated. But the revolution ended all that.

    The government started to take property away from the citizenry. My Abuelo went to the US to try and establish residency for the family in Miami, Florida. That was in the fall of 1959. My Abuelo was recruited by a family friend who worked for a very interesting organization. The CIA….. Abuelo was recruited into what became Birgada Asalto 2506.



    From Miami my Abuelo went to Guatemala and trained. He grew up horse riding, hunting, and shooting on “La Finca” (the family farm). He took well to the training and became a very good soldier.









    Abuelo was one of many that took part in the Bay of Pigs invasion. He fought hard and luckily he avoided capture. Abuelo had business contacts and friends in Cienfuegos and was able to get back to Havana and gather up the family. My Abuelo was able to buy airline tickets to the US. When they entered Havana Airport, there what was called the “fish bowl”. It was a glass wall that separated arrivals and departures. It became a check point for Communist Thugs to ransack and rummage through peoples’ luggage instead. My Abuela (Grandmother) had her wedding ring taken from her. My father and padrino had their gold necklaces taken from them. My father was eight at the time and my padrino was four. Cuban boys are usually given a gold chain necklace with a gold crucifix. We wear these throughout our whole lives. They of course took every peso and anything else like watches. They were allowed to leave Cuba with their passports, a photo album, and clothing. Nothing more….. they came to the US in May 1961. Three weeks after the Bay of Pigs.

    The family settled in Miami, FL with some family friends and my Abuelo started working hard again. At first he cleaned lobsters on the Miami River during the day and was a janitor at night. But slowly he saved and bought an apartment and a car. He was later able to start a clothing business and that became successful. My Abuela became a stay at home mother and raised two boys and two girls. I grew up listening to stories of Cuba, how wonderful it was. How the family farm was. The beaches, the cities, the food, the music….. It was all taken away from us and even from me. Though I was born in the USA, the Cuba that could’ve been was taken from me by Socialism and Marxism. Worse.is that we had family executed by Che Guevara, Fidel's pet henchman and commie thug. The first thing they did was take away the guns owned by the people. If the people are.disarmed, they can't fight back.

    We had family in Cuba side with the Commies. We’ve disowned them and now with the thawing of relations. They all call and write to us asking for us to send them goods. To me, they’re not family. They’re traitors and now are welfare rats trying to get a new source of food. Let them live in the squalor their Socialist Paradise created.

    Alas…… mi patria es muerto.
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    One of my Grand Uncles as a Police Officer in Havana before the revolution.




    As you can tell, shooting was a family sport.


    He was later executed by Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
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    I had one grand uncle that stayed in Cuba because his wife was a political prisoner. In 1992 he was able to come over for 2 weeks to visit us through the Catholic Church. I remember as a child asking him why would he not stay in the United States. He told me that if he does not return to Cuba his wife, my grand-aunt would be picked up by the secret police and locked away in jail again. He explained to me that during the revolution he wasn't political and all he tried to do is make a living and provide for his wife. She was arrested as a political prisoner because she worked in a garment Factory and the Communists came in and she mouthed off to them.

    He died in 1996 due to management and starvation.
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    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks... peoples stories are very interesting particularly if they are really different..

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    Wow you have a colourful family history and one to be proud of.
    This is not something we have had to endure and is a benefit of been a isolated island colonised under British rule. May well have been different if the Portuguese or French took hold
    I was born in Auckland but my heart is in the Otago and Southland areas where my family settled after arriving from Switzerland in the 1870s

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    That's one hell of a history. you have a very strong and proud family heritage. If it wasn't for the foresight of your elder generation you would not be the helpful and giving to your community person that you are today. My respect to your Parent's, grand parents, and those before them. Te Whanau eh whakaute
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    Thanks for sharing, learning a little of other cultures/history and hardship is good for the soul.
    Take care

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    Great story, thanks for sharing. My wife's family all have stories from the civil war in Peru which was another Communist take over attempt. I can see how people could believe that it was a good idea but in the end it was the man in the middle and bottom who suffered during their revolutions.

    Lucky escape from Playa Giron. Interestingly I met a New Zealander who was apparently driving PT boats to the beach to drop off Brigade 2506 troops. You find us everywhere
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    Your Great Grandfather sounds like he was quite the lad! An interesting and educating story, thanks for sharing.

 

 

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