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Haydée Santamaría was one of the great heroines of the Cuban Revolution. Throughout her life she was tormented by memories of being brought her brother’s eye and lover’s testicle following the attack on Moncada Barracks. The regime wanted to make her divulge Fidel’s whereabouts. She defied her own torturers and remained silent. After the war, she was assigned an important job in the restructuring of society, that of founding and running an arts institution with the goal of shattering the cultural blockade. She was enormously successful, but plagued by periodic bouts of depression, and committed suicide at age 57. In...

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