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Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project
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José Andreu

José Andreu, Chief of Civil Affairs from the Brigade G5 during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. After studying philosophy in Germany and management of cooperatives in England, and receiving a law degree from the University of Madrid in Spain, And...

Le Matt, Jose

Operatic and lyric singer and musical director who performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de La Habana, and directed the Teatro de la Opera de La Habana in Cuba. He has performed in Spain, Italy, New York and Miami, sharing the stage with legenda...

Leon Jr., Benjamin

Founder and CEO of Leon Medical Centers (LMC), a seven-clinic medical group that focuses on healthcare for Hispanic seniors.  With his father, León ran Miami’s first pre-paid medical center, Clinica Asociación Cubana.

Levitan, Aida

Cuban-American businesswoman who served as CEO and vice-Chairperson of Bromley Communications, a national advertising and public relations firm. She currently heads her own marketing company, The Levitan Group, Inc

Luna, Laura

Cuban post-modernist visual artist who is part of the "80s Golden Generation." Luna and her family obtained political asylum in the US during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980, after which she established a studio in Miami in 1994.

Matos Sr., Huber

Famous “comandante” of Castro’s guerrilla, first Commander-in-Chief of Camagüey province. Jailed for 20 years for denouncing Castro’s communist leanings in October 1959. Director of the anti-Castro exile group “Cuba Independiente y Democratica.”

Menendez, Denetrio

Set designer, stage manager, entertainment entrepreneur, musician, and all-around behind-the-scenes man of Cuban performing arts who helped found Añorada Cuba and Sociedad Pro-Arte Grateli. Menéndez was a TV set designer at CMQ TV in Cuba. As an e...

Mesa-Marti Betancourt Sharpe, Lidia

Widow of Juan René Betancourt, president of the Federation of Cuban Societies of Color who wrote a number of books about racial discrimination in Cuba in the 1950s.  Mrs. Sharpe is owner of the Little Havana Restaurant on Cornelia Street in Manhat...

Pais, Agustin

Brother of Frank País, who is regarded by many as the one revolutionary leader who could rival Fidel Castro in the struggle against Batista. Frank was killed in the Santiago de Cuba´s uprising that was planned to unfold at the time that Castro was...

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