"Fidel Was Not A Very Good Lover," Says The German Marita Lorenz
14ymedio, Madrid, 5 September 2016 — Marita Lorenz's first kiss (1939)
came from Fidel Castro. Daughter of a ship's captain, she met the leader
of the Revolution at age 20, at a dock at the port of Havana. After she
showed him around the ship, the leader asked her where her cabin was
and, once they were there he pushed her inside and kissed her. But
Lorenz didn't feel intimidated, "I was enthralled. Fidel gave off an
enormous seductive power!" she said, in an interview with the French
weekly Paris-Match, subsequently translated by YoDona, a magazine
belonging to the Spanish daily El Mundo. In the interview, Fidel
Castro's ex-lover offers every kind of detail about the relationship
they maintained in 1959, before she joined the anti-Castro ranks.
Almost six decades later, Lorenz says that Fidel Castro was the great
love of her life, despite her claim that he wasn't a good lover. "He was
more interested during the caresses than during the sexual act itself.
But dictators are all like that," she says from experience, having also
had a relationship with the Venezuelan dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez.
"Fidel was a narcissist. He loved to look at himself in the mirror while
he stroked his beard. He lacked self-confidence, or rather, he needed
adulation and pampering, like a little boy," she told YoDona, denying
that she feels any resentment toward the leader of the Cuban Revolution.
Lorenz lived in Suite 2408 in the Havana Hilton (the hotel where Fidel,
Raul and Ernesto Che Guevara were also living) between March and
November of 1959, a time when Fidel Castro still had not broken off
relations with the United States nor become linked with the USSR.
Castro's lover was aware that the relationship would not end in
marriage. "I'm married to Cuba," he told her. However, she was soon
pregnant, and although her son was supposedly taken away from her, she
met him in 1981: "I saw him when I visited Fidel the last time, after 20
years of separation," she said. "They told me I'd undergone an abortion,
but the gynecologist in New York told me I had given birth. What they
said about an abortion was false. My pregnancy was almost full-term and
my son was born when I was in a coma in Cuba. He is a boy. He grew up
there and is called Andres Vazquez."
It was during her pregnancy when she came into contact with the CIA
indirectly through Frank Sturgis, an American who presented himself as
an ally of Fidel, although in reality he was allied with Batista and
defending the interests of the mafia in Cuban casinos.
"He said he could help me and, in return, asked me many things. To get
rid of him, I ended up giving him documents that Fidel threw in the
trash and that, in my opinion, were of no interest. But that seemed to
satisfy him," she recalls.
In October 1959, after a poisoning attempt she gave birth to her son and
after a few months hospitalized in the United States she returned to the
island at the end of the same year, having already become a spy.
During her convalescence, she joined the anti-Castro side motivated by
her conversations with the FBI, which supposedly asked her to
assassinate Castro in 1961. "Oh, my little German," Fidel greeted her,
knowing she was going to kill him. "He handed me his gun and I took it.
Then, looking into my eyes, he said to me… 'No one can kill me' He was
right I dropped the gun and I felt liberated."
Despite not meeting their expectations – "They explained that if he had
been killed would not have had to launch the Bay of Pigs operation" –
Lorenz remained linked for years to espionage: "I came to know in Miami,
at a meeting of those anti-Castro, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was implicated
in the Kennedy assassination. But he was not alone, I'm sure there was
someone else. In my view there was a plot to kill the president," she
At 76 years, the former spy lives in Queens (New York) in a
semi-basement and wants to return to Germany to reunite with her son
Mark, from her relationship with the Venezuelan dictator Perez
Jimenez. "He has a job there, because he is going to run a museum
devoted to the secret services."
Source: "Fidel Was Not A Very Good Lover," Says The German Marita Lorenz
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