The Washington Post
Manuel Roig-Franzia and Tom Hamburger. Published Feb 2, 2014.
Alfonso Fanjul fled Cuba as a young man, leaving behind his family’s mansions and vast sugar-cane fields as they were being wrested away by the communist Castro regime.
Now, contrary to what almost anyone could have imagined, the 76-year-old Fanjul has begun to reassess old grievances and tentatively eye Cuba as a place for him and other U.S. businessmen to expand their enterprises. Quietly, without fanfare, Fanjul has started visiting the island of his birth and having conversations with top Cuban officials.
JG: There was a Fanjul in my class at Colegio De La Salle in el Vedado, but I do not remember his first name or the year. It must have been between January 1, 1959 and November 1961, when I left the island. I knew his family was very wealthy, but he was not in my circle of friends, many of whom became De La Salle Christian Brothers. Los curas tried to recruit me too, but I rejected them. There was also a Cantillo, who was a good and jolly kid. Jorge Batista, the son of the Cuban dictator, was also in La Salle. No one liked him, but it was not his fault that he had such a bad father. Las persiguidoras de la policia and SIM cars (Servicio de Inteligencia Militar) were always on the corner of 13th Street and B Avenue. The house on that corner would later on become the embassy of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics.