More than any other form of relationship, intermarriage between Anglo-Americans and Cubans ensured that even in segregated Anglo-American spaces, Anglo-American residents were never totally isolated from or ignorant of the political upheaval in the 1950s. These testimonies expose how over the decade intercultural marriages between Cubans and Anglo-Americans made the larger “Anglo-American Colony” aware of the rising revolutionary consciousness and some became personally invested in these events. The Anglo-American community was home to many long-term romantic relationships between Cubans and U.S. nationals. Of the close to 1,000 married couples listed in the Havana section of the 1960 Anglo-American Directory of Cuba, 262 Anglo-American residents were married to Cubans or Cuban-Americans. Intermarriages became the epi-center of transnational cultural exchange, though the dynamics varied depending on a number of factors including respective occupation, backgrounds and gendered nationalities.
I was playing squash, they had a squash board and I was playing squash outside with one of my boy cousins and Castro came up and said, “Does Max Pinkus live here?” And my grandfather came out and he said something and, you know, we’re all just listening and he said, “Max, why do you need more than one home and why do you need more than one refrigerator?” That was like indelible in my mind and why do you need more than one car and so forth and so on. That’s an indelible moment. — Adela Fuchsberg
One very, very good friend of my father’s, his name was Gonzalo Guell, he was Secretary of State of Cuba. And he was a very good friend of my father…And in ’56 or ’57 he was either Secretary of State or Prime Minister under Batista and my mother invited him and his wife to dinner and they came and I blasted the guy. My mother was very embarrassed. I blasted him. — George Plinio Montalvan