La Jornada: Eusebio Leal gave soul to history

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Mexico, Aug (Prensa Latina) Under the moving title Eusebio Leal gave soul to history, Mexico’s daily La Jornada today pays heartfelt tribute to the Cuban historian, who died yesterday in his beloved Havana.

In a long article in its Opinion section, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Mexico highlights the legacy of Eusebio Leal Spengler for all of humanity and in this respect quotes the beautiful phrase of the poet Fina García Marruz that ‘it is such that when men forget him, the stones will still remember him’.

After quoting the words of Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez for the irreparable loss of the unforgettable and charismatic scholar, La Jornada recreates his biography in which he emphasizes that Leal is responsible for the rescue of the old town of Havana, recognized as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

His work, the newspaper points out, was transcendental for the preservation of the legacy of illustrious figures who are paradigms in the Caribbean country and in Latin America; he will also be remembered for the devotion he showed throughout his life to the Cuban Revolution and his closeness as a collaborator with the leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl.

Whatever Cuba is, it will be us. Our success lies in the political will that our leaders have shown over the years and also in the tenacity and courage of the Cuban people,” he told La Jornada on one occasion.

A few months ago, in October 2019, Eusebio Leal gave a kind of epitaph in statements to the press when he said that he did not aspire to anything, not even to posterity. I only aspire to have been useful, recalls La Jornada, which interviewed him in April 2018 and shared with him its vision that culture is one of the main values a country needs to defend.

In this regard, he points out that at a memorable Congress of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, at a defining time in history, Fidel said that the first thing we had to save was culture.

Culture is the metal scale, the moral armour, the defence that every country has for that which I was wondering about before and which we consider values. These are defended with a solid cultural armor. And in the moments in which we live it is worthwhile to reflect deeply on this, he said. Eusebio Leal was a very active part of that armour.

(Taken from PL)

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