“All exile communities suffer from self-titled leaders elected by no one. These “leaders” always claim to speak for the majority when they mostly speak for themselves. The actions of this variety of exile are most egregious when seemingly supported by individuals within the local Catholic Church hierarchy.
“Poland too had the misfortune of some questionable exiles. On 5 September 1955 Hugo Hanke, Prime Minister of Poland’s Government in Exile sought a papal audience in Rome only to surface five days later in Warsaw where his return from exile was announced. Hanke claimed he returned because democracy was around the corner in Communist Poland. The Soviet-controlled Polish regime at the time encouraged the return of exiles in order to undermine the Government in Exile and political opponents abroad….. Of course, it turned out Hugo Hanke had been a paid agent of (the Polish Regime’s) Ministry of Public Security (UB) since the early 1950s.
Over half a century later in Miami, Florida some Cuban exiles utilize any forum necessary, including local parishes, to promote the regime’s alleged reforms as a sign of positive change and insist on forgetting the past. They encourage travel to and investment in the totalitarian system – all under the guise of their devout
Tania Mastrapas’s piece surely belongs in the Miami Herald.