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Broward Holocaust survivor hopes to visit daughter’s grave in a free Cuba
A Broward woman who survived the Holocaust has fond memories of life in pre-Castro Cuba. She hopes to travel to a free Cuba soon — to visit her daughter’s grave.
BY JENNIFER MOONEY PIEDRA
jmooney@MiamiHerald.com

Claire Weinbach remembers a Cuba where families spent weekends enjoying the crystal blue ocean, children played in the lush parks and loved ones gathered for extravagant Sunday dinners.

Weinbach, 76, a Jew born in Belgium, said some of her best memories are from her nine years living in pre-Castro Cuba, a place she called “paradise.”

”I came to Havana and fell in love with it,” said Weinbach, who now lives in Hollywood. “Everybody there loved life.”

Weinbach began her married life in Cuba, gave birth to three children there and was able to put behind her childhood of horror as a prisoner in French concentration camps.