The indelible scars of Cuba’s ‘New Man’

The despicable and vile Che Guevara promised that Cuba’s Castro revolution would produce a “New Man.” It did.

Charlotte Cuthbertson in The Epoch Times:

Fidel’s Cuba Leaves Indelible Scars

Jesús de León at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jesús de León remembers clearly when his spirit finally shattered. He was 13 years old. It wasn’t an obvious wound like a broken leg, but rather a deep cut to his soul after years of indoctrination and violence that slowly warped his thinking and stole his innocence.

De León was born in Cuba in 1966, almost a decade after Fidel Castro seized power and purged dissenters.

“I was at the heart of the revolution,” de León said at his home in Brooklyn on March 16. “I was raised with being indoctrinated within the communist system.”

From the first days of primary school, de León said he had to swear allegiance to and salute Castro every day.

“We had to repeat, ‘We are pioneers of the communist party like Che [Guevara],’” he said. “Now that I’m an adult, I realize that every day I repeated that as a child, it became part of me—my body, mind, blood.”

De León attended the Lenin High School in Havana. It was the pioneer of vocational boarding schools and the nation’s most elite—it was officially opened by the general secretary of the Soviet Union Communist Party Leonid Brezhnev. During orientation, de León was told that Castro’s goal for the school was to form “pure communist students.”

His six years there were “traumatic” and “horrendous,” he said. The worst time for de León was in 1980 during the six-month exodus of 125,000 Cubans to America, known as the Mariel boatlift.

Destroying Friendship

Anyone who wanted to leave Cuba had to get permission through their workplace, and because all jobs were state-run, that meant the whole government apparatus was immediately alerted. It was impossible to leave without the government knowing.

Families who wanted to leave were labeled as traitors or worms, and punishment was meted out swiftly—before the families could actually depart.

De León and his classmates were required to be part of the punishing force. He was 13 the first time he was loaded onto a school bus and taken to the house of a family that was about to emigrate.

“We threw rocks at the house and smashed it up. The goal was to break into the house,” de León said. “I participated in this sometimes several times a day.”

“One time we went onto the roof and started throwing rocks at the people in the house, while they were eating a meal,” he said, noting that even neighbors would participate.

There was no question of not joining in. He said: “They will poison your spirit from day one, so you do what everybody else does. You have so much fear. You didn’t even question it.”

De León’s classmates and friends were no exception, and he was forced to turn against them as well.

“What happened here changed my life completely. From that moment on, I never believed in friendship. This dehumanizes you,” he said. “Everything becomes normal to beat up people and smash their homes—it’s legal.”

When parents came to the school to advise the authorities their child was leaving, the students would beat the parents, de León said.

“One time, I threw a rock and smashed someone’s head,” he said, his kind eyes quickly cast down.

“I remember one time at school they put a girl on a stage and everybody was yelling at her. They ripped her clothes off, and she ran with her parents to their car to escape.”

“The teachers encouraged us to do this and participated—the principal and dean as well.”

De León said it was during this time that he abandoned the concepts of trust and friendship.

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1 thought on “The indelible scars of Cuba’s ‘New Man’”

  1. Behold the wonders of “free” castration, I mean education, in a totalitarian tyranny. For any further questions, please contact Elián González, who is always happy to exhibit the results of his, uh, education. Anybody who praises and touts such “education” should be seen as essentially equivalent to someone who defends active pedophilia.

    This story, of course, is evidence of the systematic, routine child abuse that has been going on in the Castro paradise for nearly 60 years, and people in the free world who still “don’t get it” are either stupid or lying. The highly toxic and noxious Castro “education” is probably the top reason my mother, who had first-hand knowledge of the “education” system, made sure to get her kids out of Cuba before they, too, wound up like this poor man.

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