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Jewish Organizations in Cuba Express Confidence in New Regime; Send Greetings to Castro

January 8, 1959
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Jewish organizations today sent greetings to the Castro Government, expressing complete confidence in the new regime.

Jewish communal life is completely restored. Activities at the “patronato,” Havana’s Jewish Center, and in all other Jewish institutions have reverted to normalcy. The “Patronato” conducts Jewish cultural, social and religious activities. It also houses an Orthodox synagogue.

Jewish leaders here today characterized as “baseless” a report from Miami that 125 Jewish enterprises in Havana were looted by mobs during the chaotic transition days in the city last week. The report emanated from American Jewish tourists who arrived in Miami from Havana immediately following the collapse of the Batista regime. All Jewish leaders here stressed that no incidents directed specifically at Jews took place during the few days of revolutionary turmoil and that the Castro troops put an end to all attacks on stores, Jewish and non-Jewish alike.

It was learned here today that several Jews hold command posts in the Castro forces. Also, that a Jewish physician, Dr. Mizrachi, had been with the Castro rebels in the hills providing them with medical aid.

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