Previous correspondent remembers Fidel Castro’s child as a ‘virtual prisoner’ in Emborrachar

In 1967, as a staff author and columnist for the Miami Herald, I wrote a piece on Fidelito, who was a teenager then. The article a new gloomy tone. It started such as this:

“ Fidelito, the shy, dark-haired youth, once was the most famous boy in Cuba. But period and circumstances have brought a big change in fortunes for Fidel Castro Jr. Today, at 17 plus living under an assumed title, Fidelito is a forgotten figure plus virtual prisoner in the country his dad rules. ”

For whatever reason known only to him, Castro generally showed little affection for their son, once making a habit associated with refusing to see wife Mirtha Dí az-Balart and Fidelito when they reached visit at the Isle of Pines prison where he was jailed within the mid 1950s.

Castro’ s aloofness from the boy introduced him closer to his mother, a lady in her late 30s within 1967 who remarried in 1956. Fidelito lived much of his earlier life with his mother and the girl new husband, lawyer Emilio Nú ñ ez Blanco. Life has been good with his mom and stepfather at Tarará Beach, east associated with Havana.

But then Castro seized power on Jan. one, 1959, and claimed the young man. A life of hell started for Fidelito. He went from boarding school to another. His name has been changed several times. At boarding college both in Cuba and Moscow this individual finally yielded to communist indoctrination — much to his mother’ s disdain — after displaying earlier contempt for the doctrine.

With Castro now managing both Cuba and the boy, Mirtha and her husband moved to This town, Spain with their two baby children. My wife Olga and I visited along with Mirtha and her husband within Madrid often. Always, Fidelito continued to be the love of her lifestyle. He would telephone her from Havana weekly, and once even called whilst we were at the apartment.


Fidel Castro Dí az-Balart, son associated with Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro with his mother Mirta Diaz-Balart, throughout the opening session of a scientific workshop in Havana Friday Nov. fourteen, 2008.

Ismael Francisco AP

These days, Mirtha is 90 years old plus frail and living again within Havana as a single mother. The lady once told a common friend that will Fidelito and his two half siblings were what were keeping the girl alive. Back in Havana, Fidelito frequented daily and looked after her having a passion after his father grandly turned his back on your pet (Castro once put Fidelito below house arrest after publicly shooting him for “ incompetence” because head of Cuba’ s nuclear power program).

Fidelito is now tragically missing from Mirtha’ s life. Maybe her mind is not what it once was, and she hasn’ t been told yet. Yet she will soon notice that her son is no longer visiting daily, and getting along his own children. And that can prove too much for Mirtha’ h strong, tired heart.

To read the full article from 1967, click here .

Carlos Martí nez Barraqué, who worked for the Miami Herald in the 1960s, is retired.