Cuban Americans

Lincoln Rafael Diaz-Balart - Nephew of Fidel Castro

Posted February 01, 2005 by publisher in Cuban Americans.

After watching the Fidel Castro biography/documentary on PBS last night, I thought that we should put a page together that illustrates the ties between the Diaz-Balart family and Fidel Castro.

Regarding Representative Diaz-Balart’s father:

Rafael Lincoln Diaz-Balart rose to become an important politician in the Republic (of Cuba). He would be majority leader in the House of Representatives (in Cuba). But first he was a friend, comrade, and roommate of Fidel Castro. One fatal thing the boys’ (Lincoln and Mario) father did was introduce Castro to his sister Mirta, whom Castro married in 1948.

(Summary: Lincoln and Mario’s father introduced his sister, their aunt, to Castro to whom she later married.)

According to Lincoln Diaz-Balart, his mother always hated Castro, even when the young rabble-rouser was best friends with her husband. She never trusted Castro, and she was appalled at the way he treated Mirta, her sister-in-law.

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Regarding Mirtha Mirta Diaz Balart

Her brother (father of Lincoln and Mario) Raphael [Rafael] Diaz Balart; an ardent Batistiano, who was undersecretary to Ramon Hermida, a minister of the interior to Batista.


The Diaz-Balart family was very well connected to Cuba’s government before the communist revolution. Diaz-Balart’s father, Rafael L. Diaz-Balart, served as majority leader of the Cuban House of Representatives from 1954 to 1958, and was elected to the Cuban Senate in 1958.

Rafael L. Diaz-Balart later served as the Economic and Commercial Advisor to the president of Costa Rica. Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s grandfather was elected to the Cuban House of Representatives in 1936. An aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s first wife. His brother, Mario Diaz-Balart, also is a member of Congress from Florida.

(So, Fidel Castro’s first wife is the Aunt of Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart.)

Member Comments

On February 01, 2005, jesusp wrote:

Well documented publisher, however, this is common knowledge to any Cuban of the 50’ generation and I suspect to most Cubans in Miami. It is therefore easy to understand the political ideology of Mario and Lincoln, their political formation was brought about by a man who, cowardly and loyally served one of the most corrupted and brutal dictatorships in Latin America, their father Rafael.

On February 01, 2005, Dana Garrett wrote:

I still cannot view the broken relationships resulting from the Revolution and the reaction to it by some as anything but an occasion for great sadness.  What a tragedy that political differences became thicker than blood. 

On both sides of the Florida straights parents and grandparents are estranged from their children, grandchildren, siblings and others.  Many have died without these rifts being healed.  Imagine the degree of pain and bitterness required to view your child, grandchild, parent, etc. as your enemy. 

It is one thing not to like a relative.  It is quite another to cease loving him.  Only a deep wound can cause it, one that might be incurable.  Itís awful.

On August 11, 2007, libia wrote:

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