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Fidel Castro 1959: the Lost Interview

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Series: Blank on Blank
Length: 08:55

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"If this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell. Hell itself." - Fidel Castro in 1959. Havana. Read the full description.

Fidel_castro_square2_small A few years ago Laura Galloway uncovered a tape in her late grandfather's archives that simply said "Galloway/Castro." It was a lost recording made in 1959 by Clark Hewitt Galloway, then an editor for U.S. News and World Report. This is the story of a tape that's never been heard before--and a moment in time when a young Fidel Castro speaks about a future for Cuba just weeks after the overthrow of Batista. 

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Piece Description

A few years ago Laura Galloway uncovered a tape in her late grandfather's archives that simply said "Galloway/Castro." It was a lost recording made in 1959 by Clark Hewitt Galloway, then an editor for U.S. News and World Report. This is the story of a tape that's never been heard before--and a moment in time when a young Fidel Castro speaks about a future for Cuba just weeks after the overthrow of Batista. 

Transcript

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Laura Galloway: When I was a little girl growing up in Indiana, there was a photo of my grandfather sitting on a sofa with his tape recorder interviewing a man with a beard and a funny hat. And as I got older I came to understand that this was Fidel Castro that my grandfather was interviewing.

David Gerlach: That's Laura Galloway. And her grandfather got one of the first interviews with Fidel Castro in 1959 after the overthrow of Batista. Clark Hewitt Galloway was then the intra-American affairs editor of US News and World Report.

Fidel Castro: And if this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell. Hell itself. Because by the time there will be a million, a million and a half people with no work, people who will not believe in anybody anymore, then it will be a chaos. Trust me, gentleman.
Fidel Castro: Y si esta revolución se precipita lo que vamos a tener...
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