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Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez Recalls Escaping Cuba As a Child

With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he wasn’t alone. More than 14,000 kids […]

Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez is the author of "Cuba, Adios: A Young Man's Journey to Freedom," which tells the story of his escape from Cuba as a young man. (Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)Cuba Adios Book CoverWith the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power.

As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he wasn’t alone. More than 14,000 kids were evacuated during a two-year period to escape life under Fidel Castro’s communist regime.

It was called Operation Peter Pan, and Martinez reluctantly revisits that escape in his new book, Cuba, Adios: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom.

He sat down with Houston Public Media’s Edel Howlin to chat about why he wrote this book, beginning with what it was like during those early Castro years.

(Above: Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez is the author of “Cuba, Adios: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom,” which tells the story of his escape from Cuba as a young man. Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)

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