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Reviews of Tropical Diaspora: The Jewish Expierence in Cuba

“Levine’s account of the Jews under Fidel Castro is one of the most rewarding aspects of this book. Cuban Jewish sources have provided him with a formidable list of self-effacing and other Jews in Cuba’s cabinets, diplomacy, civil service, and Castro’s personal entourage. … Convincingly, he argues that Castro has exerted strenuous efforts to avoid accusations of anti-Semitism, despite a Jewish exodus [and] Cuba’s diplomatic break with Israel in 1973. … A pathbreaker.”
Journal of Latin American Studies

“This book provides a powerful sense of of hemispheric history repeating itself … It is about the many diasporas which have made the Caribbean Basin what it is.”
— Anthony Maingot, Journal of American Ethnic History

“Drawing on oral histories and other sources, the late Levine … traces the sociopolitical ups and downs and relationships of the Shephardic, Askenazic, and American Jews who settled in Cuba. Particularly noteworthy are his accounts of the SS St. Louis incident in which Cuba rescinded landing rights to Jews seeking refuge from Nazi Germany, and Castro’s relationship with Jews. The book includes a new foreword updating the status of the community, map, photographs, and Jewish population statistics, 1910-1992.”
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