Letters from Martyrdom: Virgilio Campaneria Ángel

Our friends at Baracutey Cubano have letters written by Cuban patriots right before they were executed by the Castro regime. They are all moving and inspirational, and I will be translating and sharing these letters from martyrdom one at a time over the next few days.

Letter from Virgilio Campaneria Ángel


La Cabaña, Cuba

Abril 17, 1961

To my fellow students and the Cuban people in general:

At this moment I find myself waiting for the court that tried me to hand down my sentence. Death does not worry me because I have faith in God and in the destiny of my country. My death will be another step backwards for those who believe they can drown the yearning the Cuban people have for liberty in blood. I do not fear it, let death come; I am happy because I already see my country free, I already see how my brothers jubilantly climb the glorious hill. There will be no more hate among brothers, there will no longer be mouths that ask for firing squads. There will only be love amongst Cubans, brotherly love, Christian love.

Poor Cuba, you have suffered so much, but a new Cuba is surging from the hate to sow love, from the injustice it will sow justice, social justice, not that deceitful demagoguery of the people; a mature Cuba because it already knows all the lies and the imposters; a Cuba for Cubans, and “for all and for the good of all.”

It is you, student, who will take on the glory of liberating the fatherland and to raise up that new Cuba.

LONG LIVE CHRIST THE KING!

LONG LIVE A FREE CUBA!

LONG LIVE THE STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY DIRECTORATE!

Signed: Virgilio Campaneria Ángel