The Miami Herald
June 24, 1999

Sons of late Cuban dictator meet at Cuban Museum

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- (AP) -- The three oldest sons of Fulgencio Batista, the
dictator kicked out of Cuba by Fidel Castro's revolution, came together for the first
time in four years amid paintings, sculpture and fine furniture from home.

F. Ruben, Jorge and Robert Batista attended a meeting of the Cuban Foundation
Tuesday at the Cuban Museum in the Daytona Beach's Museum of Arts and

It also marked the first time they were together visiting the 40-year-old museum,
which houses Cuban artworks originating between 1800 to 1959.

The Cuban Museum's original 80 objects were donated to the city of Daytona
Beach by Fulgencio Batista, then-Cuban president in 1957.

``I think I remember this,'' said Jorge as he examined a baroque-style painting of
the Assumption of the Virgin. It hung above a rosewood-and-ivory desk in the
3,000-square-foot gallery.

Ruben Batista, who lives in Coral Gables, is president of the Cuban Foundation.
Robert lives in Madrid. Jorge lived in Daytona Beach as a child and now divides
his time between Madrid and New York. The brothers said they usually stay in
touch by telephone.

A fourth Batista son, Fuljencio Jose, lives in Spain. There are three Batista
daughters. Martha Malouf lives in Palm Beach. Mirta Ponse Domenech and Alisa
Batista are Miami residents.

Fulgencio Batista was Cuba's elected president from 1940 to 1944. In 1952 he
ousted the government and became president again, ruling from 1952 until
Castro's rise to power in 1959. He died in Spain in 1973.