Cuba: Farewell, Dear Hearts

"I feel that I have accomplished the part of my duty that bound me to the Cuban revolution. I bid farewell to you to our comrades, to your people who are now mine. I make formal renunciation of my duties in the leadership of the party, of my post as minister, of my rank as major, of my Cuban citizenship. Other lands of the world claim the aid of my modest efforts, and the time has come for us to separate."

The letter bore no date—only "Havana, Year of Agriculture."* It was signed...

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