Cubadebate: Ellos se fueron de Cuba, pero Cuba nunca se fue de ellos
"They left Cuba, but Cuba never left them"
By Roberto Chile (Special for Cubadebate)
"Operation Peter Pan, closing the circle in Cuba" is the title of the latest documentary by director Estela Bravo, which will be released on December 8 at 8:00 pm. at the Multiplex in Infanta, in the context of the XXXII International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, which will be held from today until December 12 in Havana.
From Los Angeles, Tennessee, Miami and Washington DC, four of the leading figures of the film will travel to Havana to attend the premiere. The film, 57 minutes long, deals with an unusual event which occurred in our country during the years following the triumph of the Revolution, "Operation Peter Pan", organized by the Department of State of the United States, with the participation of Bishop Bryan O. Walsh, Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Miami, and the complicity of other Catholic priests in Cuba and Miami and opponents of the Revolution.
The operation led to an exodus of 14,000 children and adolescents to the United States in the period between 1960 and 1962. It was conceived and organized following a campaign of terror, which used the lie that the Cuban revolutionary government would deprive parents of La Patria Potestad, the right to raise their own children. The children born in Cuba would be sent to labor camps in the Soviet Union.
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JG: I was one of the lonely victims of Operation Peter Pan. I never saw my father or my brother again after November 18, 1961. Yes, Cuba never left my heart and it will never leave it. The people that I admire are in Cuba, not the United States.
What a vile thing it was to steal children from their parents by using lies and propaganda. The complicity of the Catholic Church is worthy of special condemnation. Today, I no longer practice Catholicism.