At the base of its column, ones can read on plaque :
" In tribute to their memory
in this place are buried
several bars of soap made
from human Hebrew fat
part of the 6 million
victims of Nazi barbarism
occured in the twentieth century.
Peace to their remains. "
Intrigued by this story as I visited several times Cuba, I did a brief research to finally find the confirmation of this fact on several Spanish websites. It seems that this Jewish cemetery is in Guanabacoa, a district located at the east of the capital La Habana. This municipality counts two Jewish cemeteries.
On a webpage , after a brief overview of the history of the Jewish community in Cuba, we read:
[...]Most impressive is how far tell us the freelancers Julio Cesar Franco and María del Carmen Carro of UPECI agency, in their article of which the title says it all : "Hebrew Cemetery of Havana in great state of abandonment".
Further, they tell that" the Jewish cemetery has historical significance because in the same lie the remains of hundreds of children who died from diseases contracted in Nazi concentration camps. Moreover, in the Jewish cemetery was buried the founder of Cuban cinema, Saúl Yelin, whose tomb is in full abandonment. Paradoxically, in an epitaph on his tomb can read phrases such as "for all that he was", "for how much we owe to him" ... Also, it could be noticed that the cemetery is frequented by foreign visitors who, according with the Hebrew tradition, place stones on graves especially at the monument which saves several bars of soap made from human fat of Jews victims of the massacre caused by the followers of the National Socialist Party."
One of these visitors was Steven Spielberg, the billionaire American film producer and director, who, in November 2002, had a 8 hours meeting with the tyrant Fidel Castro and some selected members of the nearly extinct Jewish community in Cuba, and nevertheless spent his time and money to make a propagandistic film in favor of the
regime which drove away his religion's brothers of Cuba and nothing about this cemetery where so many ancestors are buried ..
Source: http://www.mariaargeliavizcaino.com/g-C ... udios.html
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