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.
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.