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    • Rabbi Roberto Feldmann.
    • 08.09.10 | 05:19 (IDT)

    I was never harassed, never had a problem, despite theanti-Zionist mantras that were much less common than in any western country today. And I recall one Hungarian Jew I met in the USA, in Cincinnati. After escaping the Holocaust, he spent some 13 years in Havana. When he was a student, a clerk at Havana university, made an uncommon anti-Semitic remark to him -he told me-. So he went to the president of the Alumni association. Guess who that was in 1946... Fidel himself, of course. He grabbed the smaller, thin Hungarian Jew with his strong arm around his shoulder, and told him: Nobody is going to abuse you for being a Jew. And he went straight to that clerk, and with his huge charisma and personality, taught that clerk a lesson in front of the speechless Hungarian Jew, the latter never forgot. He fled Cuba in 1960, because of the Revolution, but never fails to tell this anecdote. When the pope came to Cuba, he also made a point about the slandering of Jews and anti-Semitism being unacceptable. He can be many things, but regarding Jews, he has been always a defender, and both spoke and acted with integrity.

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