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Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project
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Abreu, Ernesto

Abreu, a leader in the underground and guerrilla movements in Cuba in the early 1960s, was instrumental in setting up training camps for anti-Castro exile’s forces in Central America. Prominent in Cuban exiles organizations in Miami, at 75 infiltr...

Aleida Leal

Aleida Leal, a Cuban-American journalist and radio personality who is well-known on Spanish language radio in South Florida. She started her career as a voice actress in Cuba doing commercials. In Miami, she was the host of several popular radio p...

Alonso, Hilda

Alonso, a Miami nun who directed Havana's Colegio La Inmaculada school for girls before the Cuban Revolution and later founded Las Hermanas de la Caridad (Sisters of Charity), an organization that distributes food and medical supplies to comm...

Angelita Castany

Angelita Castany, a Cuban vedette, singer, actress, and entertainer who relocated to Mexico following the Cuban Revolution. She is most famous for singing and performing pieces by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.

Aragón, Uva de

Cuban-American writer and academic who has published numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is the associate director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University.

Benes, Bernardo

Leader of the Cuban Jewish community who played a pivotal role in the “diálogo” with the Castro government in the late 1970s during  Jimmy Carter's presidency

Benguria, Carmina

Cuban poet and last surviving “recitadora” of the 1940s and 1950s, who attained fame in 1959, at the triumph of the Revolution, for her rendering of the Marcha triunfal del Ejército Rebelde, only to became a Cuban exiled soon after.

Bichachi, Israel

Havana-born, Sephardic Jewish activist who joined a group of Cuban Jews to fight for Israel's independence. Upon returning to Cuba, he left as an exile in 1961, living in Israel and New York before settling in Miami and opening the clothing s...

Cabell, Nestor

Playwright and producer known for his productions of teatro bufo cubano in Miami and has kept his sala teatro open in Calle Ocho for over a quarter of a century. He is also a distinguished actor with a career in Hispanic radio in the US and a freq...

Candela, Hilario

Cuban-born architect who was influential in developing Miami’s modern look. At the age of 26, he designed Marine Stadium, which was constructed in 1963 on Virginia Key, Florida.

Cao M.D., Andrés

Cuban physician and former member of the Movimiento de Recuperación Revolucionaria (MRR), a Cuban counterrevolutionary group. Dr. Cao was arrested and condemned to 20 years in prison as a political prisoner.  He is the author of La verdadera Repub...

Castillo, Siro del

A human rights advocate and community leader on immigrant issues, del Castillo worked as an architectural designer for Cuba's National Institute of Tourism and left the island in 1972. During the Mariel boatlift, del Castillo assumed a variet...

Chirino, Willy

Renowned Cuban-American salsa singer and music producer. Chirino has recorded over 20 albums since 1974, winning a Grammy in 2006 for Best Salsa/Merenge Album.

Clark, Juan M.

Well-known sociologist, and professor emeritus at Miami Dade College. A Bay of Pigs veteran and former political prisoner, Dr. Clark is the author, among other works, of Cuba, mito y realidad (Saeta Ediciones, 1992).

Conte Agüero, Luis

Journalist and political figure in pre-Castro Cuba’s Ortodoxo party. School friend of Fidel Castro and his first biographer.  Anti-Castro exile leader. 

Cruz Varela, María Elena

Cuban poet, activist, and political prisoner. Cruz Varela led a group of anti-Castro dissidents called Critico Alternativo, which published a manifesto of grievances and reforms against the government in 1991. She was awarded the Liberal Institute...

Cárdenas, Isidro

Cao, interviewed with Neida Revuelta,are the husband and wife Cuban folksingers best known for their Spanish-language radio program with La Poderosa station in Miami.

Diaz Espinosa, Maribel

Daughter of renowned Cuban pianist and music instructor Conchita Espinosa. Conchita founded music academies in Cuba and the United States, receiving numerous awards as a distinguished educator. Maribel currently runs her late mother's school,...

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln

Retired Republican U.S. Congressman from Florida who served in the Florida State House of Representatives from 1987 to 1989, the Florida Senate from 1989 to 1992, and the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2011.

Dúran, Alfredo

Bay of Pigs veteran who chaired the Florida Democratic Party from 1976 to 1980.  By appointment by Florida governor Reubin Askew in 1973, he was the first Hispanic to serve on the Miami-Dade County School Board. A former president of the Veteran’s...

Father Sergio Carrillo

Father Sergio Carrillo, a veteran paratrooper at the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1960 and later exiled to the United States. He was ordained in the Archdiocese of Miami in 1982, and has served as a priest in Miami, Guatemala and Colombia.

Fernandez, Camilo

One of the founders of the Asociación Pro Cuba (Pro-Cuba Association) of Elizabeth, New Jersey and president of the Junta Patriótica Cubana (Patriotic Cuban Junta) in that area

Ferreira M.D., Leonor

Civic leader and one of the first Cuban female physicians actively involved in the University of Havana and political struggles of her times. Ferreira is a founding and active member of the Miami-based organization Junta Patriótica Cubana.

Fiallo, Delia Pascual

Author of radio dramas and television novellas, who found success both in pre-Revolutionary Cuba and after her exile in the United States. Among her most famous works are Soraya, El Angel Perverso, and Lidia Sandoval.

Fleitas, Andrés

Legend of Cuban baseball and distinguished player in the old Cuban professional league and internationally who was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

Germain, Miguel

Cuban activist of Haitian descent who served as president of Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio in the early 1970s, which probably made him the first black Cuban to preside over a Cuban exile organization in Miami.

González, Fidel

A defense attorney for many death penalty candidates before Cuba's revolutionary courts, who soon became a target himself of the dictatorship. Dr. González was one of the early Cuban exiles in the New York-New Jersey region, where he has been...

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