Photographic exhibition on Commander Fidel Castro Ruz at the Jose Marti memorial.

«The most illustrious son of Cuba in this century, the one who showed us that the conquest of the Moncada Barracks could be attempted; that it was possible to turn that setback into victory, that we achieved five years, five months and five days, that glorious January First, 1959 ». This is how, on July 26, 1994, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz defined Fidel.

That imprint was felt this Tuesday at the José Martí Memorial, when, in homage to his legacy, in the year that marks the 95th anniversary of his birth and on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his physical departure, the exhibition saw the light photographic Hasta Siempre, Fidel, with snapshots of more than 40 Cuban photojournalists that reflect the feelings of an entire people at the farewell to the Head of the Cuban Revolution.

At the opening evening were Rogelio Polanco Fuentes, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party and head of its Ideological Department; the commander Julio Camacho Aguilera; Miguel Barnet Lanza, Honorary President of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba; Jorge Luis Aneiros Alonso, president of the National Union of Historians of Cuba; and Juan Rodríguez Cabrera, president of the Cuban Book Institute (ICL).

On the site itself, the book Beyond the Legend, a testimony of 60 personalities who speak of Fidel, was presented, authored by Estela Bravo, Ernesto Mario Bravo and Olga Rosa Gómez Cortés, from the Publications Office of the Council of State.

In the same setting where the Commander in Chief spoke with the people so many times, the panel Fidel among us was held, with the writer, poet and ethnologist Miguel Barnet; Francisca López Civeira, National Prize for History, and Iroel Sánchez, editor and journalist.

“Fidel, in my opinion, was an intellectual,” said Barnet, adding: “He was also a political weight, a moral weight, and a revolutionary weight, which I came to know and admire more deeply after reading me. his Words to the intellectuals. In a meeting with him, at the Casa de las Américas, where a group of artists and intellectuals participated and they all asked why they had stayed in Cuba, I replied: “No, Commander, I did not leave, I was staying ”. If today you were to ask me the same question again, I would say to you: “I didn’t stay, Commander, I stayed in Cuba for you.”

Iroel Sánchez approached it like this: “Fidel is a man of intellectual respect, an extraordinary reader, not a dictator or a persecutor of creative freedom as he is attacked today in many enemy circles. Always thinking about the world from below, so that they were the main beneficiaries of the Revolution, not only in Cuba but in the world, made it transcend, and reach a high level of humanism.

The Literacy Campaign, the creation of a national printing press, the ICL and its National System of Territorial Editions, and the Family Library went through that imprint that makes them alive and present.

A great friend of Cuba, Abdelaziz Buteflika, former president of Algeria, recently deceased, said of him: “Fidel has the extraordinary ability to travel to the future, return and explain it.”

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