Muchos fueron felices por siempre en esta versión de Peter Pan, en que Fidel Castro hace una muy creíble versión del Capitán Garfio".
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
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Poco después de establecer su dictadura en 1959, y el caos social que resultó de la misma, corrieron rumores que Fidel Castro decretaría que la potestad de todos los niños cubanos sería asumida por el estado. El terror ocasionado por esta posibilidad impulsó a miles de padres desesperados a enviar a sus hijos menores solos a los Estados Unidos donde estos "pedro panes" cubanos sí tuvieron que crecer y madurar, en un país extraño, sin la compañía de sus seres más queridos.
Operación Pedro Pan es la importante e inédita historia de las víctimas más pequeñas e inocentes de la guerra fría.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Yvonne M. Conde es una periodista independiente radicada en Nueva York. Abandonó Cuba a la edad de diez años como parte de la Operación Pedro Pan.
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I gave this book to my dad last week and he confessed he had to put it down a few times-- his emotions got the better of him. Let me begin by saying that this version of the book is in Spanish. (An English version is also available.) And, by explaining that the subject matter is particularly personal. My family left Cuba after the 1959 revolution-- but not all together. My siblings and I were sent to Florida on student visas a month before the Peter Pan Operation began. My parents stayed behind. We were fortunate to have family established in the states with whom we could stay. This was not the case with the thousands of children that were sent to the states alone by their parents to prevent them from becoming brainwashed by the new regime. These were the children of the educated middle class, whose parents would weather the storm of the revolution while safeguarding their children. We knew a lot of these children and their parents-- many of whom are mentioned in the book. The book details an intricate CIA covert operation (Operation Peter Pan) that included the cooperation of several entities, including the Catholic Church and foreign governments officials, to get these children to US soil. Many of the children ended up in loving foster homes and are still connected to their "American families"-- others were not as fortunate. The book lays it all out. Warts and all.
A sad but inspirational history of a dark dirty fact of the Cuban revolution. Because of the threat that disenchanted cuban parents posed to the powerful few of the Cuban revolution, their children were targeted. Any parent who cared for his or her children was forced to send them off to an unknown world devoid of persecution rather than see them become wards of a growing sociological mosnstruosity.
A sad but inspirational history of a dark dirty fact of the Cuban revolution. Because of the threat that disenchanted cuban parents posed to the powerful few of the Cuban revolution, their children were targeted. Any parent who cared for his or her children was forced to send them off to an unknown world devoid of persecution rather than see them become wards of a growing sociological monstruosity. The choice to send children off by themselves in the care of well intentioned strangers or relatives posed an excruciatingly difficult choice for conscientious parents. For the children it was also estremely difficult as time went on to accept and understand their parents intentions and the sacrifice that they made. It has taken years for some of the children who were sent off ahead of their parents to understand and forgive their parents for forcing them to grow up in a distant land without them. The inner stregth of the parents who sent their children off, was in time, transmitted to those children as they later reunited.