Americans Who Lost Billions During Cuban Revolution Seek Redress Following Thaw

(Associated Press)— The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table.

Friends linked arm-in-arm on the sands of a Cuban beach.

Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub.

And in almost every frame, a dapper American man with a salt-and-pepper mustache and a raven-haired woman with the arched eyebrows of a 1950s movie star – Chester’s father and mother – smiling at the good fortune that, they could not know, would soon be snatched away.

“That life is gone,” Chester says.

“I always heard about Cuba … and all this money that we lost and `Maybe one day,’ but I didn’t understand it.”

Now, nearly 60 years and 1,500 miles later, that day may finally be nearing for Chester, and for others like her. But to reach it, new and untested diplomacy will have to settle very old scores…

h/t Marvin

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Fat fucking chance.

  • notmarty

    When I grow up I wanna be dapper and sport a salt and pepper mustache. Still not enough salt. Or dapper.

  • barryjr

    The Americans should watch themselves, are they going to compensate their own Japanese citizens for the theft of property and internment in WWII?

  • Censored_often

    When hell freezes over, when North Korea ceases to exist and willingly hands control over to the South Korean government, and when Muslims abolish the Koran from their religion, then maybe – just maybe – this will happen.

    As for Canadians who go to Cuba, what a Communist shithole.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Governors can flock to Cuba but are protesting Indiana.