How Fidel Castro’s Sexy Mistress Almost Took Him Down 5

Marita Lorenz and Fidel Castro (AP)

By Stefanie Cohen, The New York Post

Marita Lorenz is the Forrest Gump of the Cold War. She was Fidel Castro’s lover and his would-be assassin. She was also seemingly involved in or present for almost every important geo-political event of that era: from the founding of communist Cuba to the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Kennedy assassination.

By all accounts, she seems to be a woman attracted to danger. But she’s rather blasé about it all. According to Lorenz: “One thing just led to another.”

Lorenz, who is now 78 and living in her son’s workspace in Brooklyn, has penned a book about her cloak-and-dagger life: “Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro” (Pegasus Books, out Sept. 5). This is at least the sixth version of her torrid life story. There are a total of three books, including this newest one, and two movies based on her. A third movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Marita, is slated to for release from Sony Pictures in 2018.

“I’m honored,” says Lorenz of having the starlet portray her. “I think she will be able to capture the way I lived. I would like to meet her. I want to talk to her about my intimate feelings about my life.”

Even Lorenz’s early years were dramatic. Raised in Germany, her mother was an anti-Nazi American and her father was a German cruise ship captain. At age 6 she was thrown in Bergen Belsen concentration camp with her mom, and when she was freed, at age 7, she was raped by an American soldier who lived nearby. The early wounds seemed to make her immune to drama and danger.

When she was 19, she was aboard her father’s ship in Havana Harbor when two boats approached, filled with bearded men dressed in military uniforms. One of them caught her attention. “His face fascinated me,” she writes. This was the face of Fidel Castro, who only a month before had taken over Cuba from Fulgencio Batista in the famed 26 of July Revolution. “I will never forget the first time I beheld that penetrating stare, that beautiful face, that wicked and seductive smile,” she writes.

“I am Dr. Castro,” he said. “Fidel. I am Cuba. I have come to visit your large ship.”

The two exchanged glances, and mere moments later they embraced in her cabin below decks — the start of an affair that would change the course of her life. He called her Alemanita — “Little German Girl,” and as soon as she returned to America, he sent a private plane to collect her. She stayed in Cuba with him for seven months, in his suite at the Havana Hilton.

Feature continues here:  Fidel’s Lover


Declaración de Josefina Vidal, Directora de Estados Unidos del MINREX Reply

El señor Alan Gross recibió tres visitas de su esposa a finales de la semana pasada, para las cuales se le dieron todas las facilidades y se le crearon las mejores condiciones.  El estado de salud del Sr. Gross sigue siendo normal y realiza regularmente intensos ejercicios físicos.  Cuba reitera su disposición a dialogar con el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos para encontrar una solución al caso del Sr. Gross y continúa esperando una respuesta.

La Habana,12 de septiembre de 2012



US State Department on Return of Josefina Vidal Reply

·        We issued a visa to Josefina de la Caridad Vidal Ferreiro, director of the North American Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, to conduct “internal work” at the Cuban Interests Section (CUBINT) in Washington, DC.

·        Ms. Vidal is scheduled to arrive on April 28 and stay for five days.

·        Unlike Cuban authorities who regularly seek to block interactions between U.S. diplomats and members of civil society in Havana, we do not fear such interactions and have long allowed Cuban diplomats to interact with civil society in Washington.

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Today in history Reply

April 23, 1990:  Argentine President Carlos Menem received the credentials of longtime spy Miguel Brugueras del Valle as Cuban Ambassador to Buenos Aires.  Allegedly retiring from his espionage work to assume the diplomatic posting, Brugueras had been a career officer in the America Department (DA), the intelligence wing of the Cuban Communist Party.