MYSTERY OF CASTRO'S WIFE
Mirta Diaz Balart de
Untold Story: Fidel Castro, Vol 1 No. 2, September 1960,
MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER
The Editors of this
tried to present all sides of Castro, the man, the rebel,
conqueror. We were impressed with his philosophy of
reform, not so
impressed with his carrying-out of justice. We have
concerning his reputed alliances with Russia. But we
feel that each
reader must get the whole picture for himself before
personal judgment. And here it is, for the first
time, the whole
UNTOLD STORY of Cuba's Fidel Castro.
on whereabouts of Mirta Diaz Balart de Nunez
THE MYSTERY OF
On October 12, 1948, Fidel Castro married Mirtha [Mirta]
Diaz Balart de
Nunez, a student in the Faculty of Philosophy at Havana
University. Castro was then in the last stages
school; Mirtha was a native of Banes, the daughter of a
her brother was to become one of Batista's officers.
married in a Roman Catholic Church in Orient Province, not
Castro's birthplace. On their honeymoon in Miami,
was forced to pawn his watch and other valuables. His
difficulties were relieved, however, when he obtained money
family in Cuba. He retrieved his property and
On the morning of Castro's release from the Isla de Pinos
the amnesty for Moncada, his wife was nowhere to be
later divorced him while he was in exile in Mexico in 1955.
Her brother Raphael
[Rafael] Diaz Balart
an ardent Batistiano, who was undersecretary to Ramon
minister of the interior to Batista. His resignation
after the publication of a letter he wrote to Hermida in
censured him for a talk he had with Castro in the Isla de
Fidel and Mirtha Castro had one child, a son, Fidel
Jr., who was born September 1, 1949. The picture at
(one of the few extant shots of Mirtha) [page 43 PHOTO of Mirtha and
credit to George Robert Little, Jr. 1956)]
shows mother and
son embracing during a reunion in Mexico City.
Mirtha had claimed the boy had been taken from her by
who, in turn, claimed the boy had been kidnaped to bring
Castro to end the revolution. Mirtha denied this and
authorities dropped their investigation when they were
was a private not a political matter. The boy is now
in accordance with Cuban law which states that children of
parents stay with their father.
Mirtha is remarried and living in the United States. Exactly
is, if she sees her son, whether she has any more children
is a mystery
to everyone but intimate friends.
on Mirta or Mirtha was provided by the Miami Herald on
8, 2000 in an article headlined CASTRO'S
FAMILY by Juan O.
"... his 1948 marriage to
Diaz-Balart, and their son, Fidel ``Fidelito'' Castro
divorced two years later."
"... It is Raul,
according to two friends of Mirta Diaz-Balart, now
living in Spain, who arranges
visits to Cuba to see Fidelito."]
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