The story of two Cuban brothers who lived on opposite sides of the revolution

Fergus Hodgson explores the story of two Cuban brothers, one who fought the dictatorship from exile and the other a communist party loyalist, as told in the book, Brothers from Time to Time, by David Landau.

Via The Epoch Times:

Firsthand Account Lays Bare the Cuban Revolution

‘Brothers from Time to Time’ dispels the myths of Fidel Castro’s dictatorship

A longtime editor found a historic treasure in the 1980s: two brothers who had lived through the Cuban Revolution but on opposite sides. One had joined the U.S. effort, resisted Fidel Castro’s dictatorship, and become a political prisoner. The other had been a devoted Communist Party insider and ideologue.

The two Rivero brothers—Emi and Adolfo—both eventually escaped Cuba, reunited after decades apart, and settled in the United States. Although they passed away in the 2010s, in earlier years they grew close to and bequeathed their story to David Landau, who has preserved the primary history in “Brothers from Time to Time.”

Landau’s work, some of it written in the first person like a diary, is the most illuminating, up-close-and-personal account of the Cuban Revolution you will find. The elder brother Emi boarded in Landau’s Washington, DC, home, where they collected family letters and put the memories on paper. By conveying both sides of the story with editorial eloquence, “Brothers” is an even-handed examination of what happened and the zeitgeist in Cuba of the 1960s and 1970s.

Not only is “Brothers” a page-turning historical primer, it also pulls back the curtain on and confronts the Robin Hood image of Castro as a patron of the poor. It tells the unvarnished, tragic truth about the revolution through the eyes of earnest men who were there: “Almost everything in the book comes directly from the people who lived the [events] or were eyewitnesses,” Landau shared in a podcast interview.

A Revolution for Fidel Castro’s Ego

Perhaps the most striking insights from “Brothers” stem from its close encounters with Castro, since Adolfo interacted with him personally. The reader sees how the revolution served Castro’s ego and lust for power more than Marxist ideology—although that was the bait and switch he used to hoodwink his victims and allies. As opposed to an ideologically driven communist, “[Castro was] nothing but an opportunist,” Landau explained. “Castro would have used anything to come to power.”

Castro’s motives became clear when true believers were purged from the Communist Party, which might as well have been the Fidelista Party. That’s where members’ loyalty had to be, at least publicly. A hint of skepticism towards Castro’s tactics was enough for a man to find himself a political prisoner as a so-called counterrevolutionary.

Such was the fate of Adolfo, who had been a faithful student of and advocate for socialism from the pre-Castro days under the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in the 1950s. However, the revolution had a penchant for eating its own, and apparently he was a conspirator in a traitorous “microfaction.”

Adolfo can count himself lucky, since his brother served almost 20 years as a political prisoner. Emi snuck back by parachuting into Cuba to work as a CIA agent on the ground, and he was close to being executed by the regime, as so many of his peers were.

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3 thoughts on “The story of two Cuban brothers who lived on opposite sides of the revolution”

  1. No matter what or how much evidence of the truth is presented for all to see, the willfully blind will ignore it, rationalize it away or dismiss it as fabrication. They’re very good at that; they’ve been doing it for ages.

    I used to think we hadn’t done a good enough job in making the truth known, but we’ve done pretty well. In other words, the real problem is not us, but those who simply refuse to accept the truth.

  2. Well, no matter how good this book is, I won’t read it. I have a weird aversion for this sort of work, almost a phobia of being triggered by something that makes what went down in Cuba too graphic. It’s like I know it was horrible, but I’d rather keep it at arm’s length, lest I become too repelled by my own people.

    • Another first person account of the character of Fidel as a power hungry, egotistic, arrogant and ruthless leader. The world is full of such people: Stalin, Hitler, Mao in fairly recent history. Cuban has been abused by Fidel but we Cubans take some comfort in knowing that we are being abused by one of our own instead of by a Spanish or an American power hunger egotist. I have wondered why Latin America nations seems to have more than their fair share of such personalities. When I look around at my own family and see similar traits I begin to wonder as you point out if we are not defective. My conclusion is that no we are not filled with this type of personality more than any other culture. Look at our leaders in the USA: James Comey, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Chaney, just to name a few. However, I have noticed that there is one difference between Spanish culture and Anglo culture. Spanish culture seems to praise or at least to tolerate these types while the English culture looks down on them and attacks them. Consider Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which depicted the strong man as evil. The good guy represented by Gandalf was rather humble and was given power by others in the form of his ring, his sword and his horse. In the movie Gandalf retires after being of service in defecting evil. When the English need a strong man such as Winston Churchill they place them in leadership but as soon as the danger is over they are quickly replaced and rather forgotten.

      I look at the attitude of my own relatives and it is the same. I was shocked to observe that their strong but abusive natures were admired and tolerate. Simultaneously they were criticized and hated behind their backs. We need to learn the often repeated saying by Lord Acton: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We need to learn not to give any individual or organization such power both for the sake of the leader and of the followers.

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