Monday, December 5, 2011

In the News: Children of Cuba Remember Operation Pedro Pan

Operation Pedro Pan was a U.S. government program that brought more than 14,000 Cuban children to the United States from 1960 to 1962.

Children of Cuba Remember Their Flight to America (NPR, Nov. 19, 2011)
In this audio segment, Carmen Valdivia, Jose Azel, and Carlos Eire relate how the experience shaped their lives. The web page for the story includes a photo of Valdivia and other girls at a camp for displaced children in Florida City, and a recent photo of Valdivia holding the visa waiver that she received in 1962.

The Legacy of Pedro Pan (C-SPAN) was a panel discussion at the National Museum of American History (August 14, 2011). Panelists included Jackie Bhabha (Human Rights Program at Harvard) and Pedro Pan participants Emilio Cueto, Eloiza Echazabel, and Maria de los Angeles Torres. Torres is also the author of The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the U. S., and the Promise of a Better Future (Beacon Press, 2003).

Related Sources
The Miami Herald maintains a site that features articles and videos about Operation Pedro Pan.
The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami provides access to primary and secondary sources that relate to Cuba and the Cuban diaspora from colonial times to he present. One of the digital collections on the site includes a video interview with Albertina O'Farrill, who used her diplomatic connections as a Cuban ambassador's wife to get children out of Cuba during Operation Pedro Pan.

Conde, Yvonne M. Operation Pedro Pan: The Untold Exodus of 14,048 Cuban Children. New York: Routledge, 1999. WorldCat Record with Preview

Stoner, K. Lynn, and Luís Hipólito Serrano Pérez. Cuban and Cuban-American Women: An Annotated Bibliography. Wilmington, Del: Scholarly Resources, 2000. WorldCat Record with Preview

Triay, Victor Andres. Fleeing Castro Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children's Program. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998. WorldCat Record with Preview

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