Operation Pedro Pan: Why Cuban parents felt the need to send their children to the U.S. alone

If you have ever wondered what motivated Cuban parents to send their children to the U.S. by themselves, the two photos below explains why they felt the need to do such a drastic and dangerous thing. These parents refused to allow their children to be indoctrinated into communist ideology and saw sending them away as the only way to protect them from being forcibly brainwashed.

Via the Operation Pedro Pan Group Facebook page:

One more reason why Cuban parents felt Operation Pedro Pan was needed.

In photo #1, 925 student youths are bid farewell by the Minister of Industry Major Ernesto Guevara as they board the Soviet ship Grusia at the Port of Havana on November 1, 1961. They are being sent to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia for communist indoctrination.

In photo # 2 young pioneers from Cuba visit East Germany’s Ernst Thaelmann Pioneer Organization in 1962 for indoctrination.

Researched and posted by Jose Amaro, OPPG trustee and History Committee member.

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  1. My mother was terrified of this sort of thing, even within Cuba. She saw early on that the schools were to be political indoctrination centers, and she especially dreaded her children being sent to some distant rural “school” away from their parents and other family, where there would be nothing to counteract the poison being inoculated into their brains. She was frantic to get her kids to safety, and that was the driving force behind our going into exile. I was too young to fully understand her desperation, but even many years later it was still palpable when she spoke of that awful time. I will always be grateful–and proud.

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