THE MYSTERY OF CASTRO'S WIFE
Mirta Diaz Balart de Nunez
[REFERENCE: Untold Story: Fidel Castro, Vol 1 No. 2, September 1960, pages 42-43]
MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER [Untold Story]
The Editors of this magazine have
tried to present all sides of Castro, the man, the rebel, the
conqueror. We were impressed with his philosophy of reform, not so
impressed with his carrying-out of justice. We have grave misgivings
concerning his reputed alliances with Russia. But we feel that each
reader must get the whole picture for himself before making any
personal judgment. And here it is, for the first time, the whole
UNTOLD STORY of Cuba's Fidel Castro.
Update on whereabouts of Mirta Diaz Balart de Nunez
THE MYSTERY OF CASTRO'S WIFE
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 of law
school; Mirtha was a native of Banes, the daughter of a general, and
her brother was to become one of Batista's officers. They were
married in a Roman Catholic Church in Orient Province, not far from
Castro's birthplace. On their honeymoon in Miami, Florida, Fidel
was forced to pawn his watch and other valuables. His financial
difficulties were relieved, however, when he obtained money from his
family in Cuba. He retrieved his property and prolonged the
On the morning of Castro's release from the Isla de Pinos Prison after
the amnesty for Moncada, his wife was nowhere to be seen. She
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 Hermida, a
minister of the interior to Batista. His resignation was forced
after the publication of a letter he wrote to Hermida in which he
censured him for a talk he had with Castro in the Isla de Pinos Prison.
Fidel and Mirtha Castro had one child, a son, Fidel [Fidelito] Castro
Jr., who was born September 1, 1949. The picture at the right,
(one of the few extant shots of Mirtha) [page 43 PHOTO of Mirtha and Fidelito
(photo 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 Castro's sister
who, in turn, claimed the boy had been kidnaped to bring pressure on
Castro to end the revolution. Mirtha denied this and the Mexican
authorities dropped their investigation when they were satisfied this
was a private not a political matter. The boy is now with Castro
in accordance with Cuban law which states that children of divorced
parents stay with their father.
Mirtha is remarried and living in the United States. Exactly where she
is, if she sees her son, whether she has any more children is a mystery
to everyone but intimate friends.
update on Mirta or Mirtha was provided by the Miami Herald on October
8, 2000 in an article headlined CASTRO'S FAMILY by Juan O.
"... his 1948 marriage to Mirta
Diaz-Balart, and their son, Fidel ``Fidelito'' Castro Diaz-Balart. They
divorced two years later."
"... It is Raul, according to two friends of Mirta Diaz-Balart, now living in Spain, who arranges
her occasional visits to Cuba to see Fidelito."]
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