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Lot 486: The Fidel Castro Cuban Missile Crisis Letter
One of the most important documents of the second half of the 20th Century. May 27, 1960 two-page document is the original draft of impassioned thanks for support and a plea for arms from Nikita Kruschev himself. Harrowing 225+ words defines the relationship between Kruschev & Castro, the Soviets and Cuba. This eventually led to the Cuban Missile Crisis bringing the world to the brink of World War III. Still on Batista stationery, as they had taken over the country a little over a year before. Reads in part: I thank you in the name of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba for your repeated and prompt statements in favor of our revolution, which have been very highly regarded and appreciated by our people. I am also very grateful for the special message reported to me…as well as the invitation extended to me to visit the Soviet Union, which, when I make it, as soon as possible, will satisfy one of our great desires. For our part we hope your visit to Cuba will be a great event in our country. The widespread and impassioned coverage received by our revolution in th Soviet Union, the numerous publications in our favor in magazines and newspapers, together with all the other acts, and so many other reasons, which together with the fair commercial treaty, your interest in understanding our requests for supplies in any order, and so many other acts for which I extend my personal thanks to the Soviet people, and which the people of Cuba will show you during your subsequent visit… Fascinating piece is loaded with corrections and notes all by Castro in his own hand. Also comes with a cover document in the hand of the President of the Special Mission, Capitan Nunez. Better than the actual letter would be, as that would have been typed. Although unsigned, this is all 100% written in Fidel's own hand. It cannot be stressed enough that an important correspondence between world leaders of this magnitude is rarely ever seen let alone offered for sale. The Holy Grail of Cold War Era Politics.
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