Griset Manzano Soler

General Information
Current Name
Grissett Manzano Schoch
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Griset Manzano Soler
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Friday, September 1, 1961
Relocated To
3400 NW 169 Tr, Opa Locka
Stayed With
Elsie Cuevas family

Griset's Story

My brother and I departed from Cuba together, leaving immediate family behind, Mom, Aunt, Uncle, and Grandparents. Watching some of the footage from that time, I saw a little girl around my age carryi...

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Griset, welcome to the Miami Herald's PPN! Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sure that some Pedro Pan "children" have also pondered at least some of the questions that apparently haunt you. While I cannot speak -nor would I dare speak- for others, I can say in all honesty that in my personal experience my immediate family's urgent need to go into exile makes all the other questions irrelevant. In other words, we did not leave by choice but by necessity. Our survival -as individuals and as a family unit- was at stake. In all the years I have spent learning about the Pedro Pan "experience", I have learned that despite the many commonalities that bind us together, there are also differences that make each of our experiences unique. However, I am sure of one thing: Given the trajectory chosen by the regime from very early in 1959 and the roughly 2 million people who have chosen to go into exile for the last 50 years, I'm sure that if Operation Pedro Pan had not existed, something else would have been invented in its place by Cubans seeking to flee totalitarian communism. But perhaps the valid questions you raise transcend historical and political explanations of the Operation Pedro Pan experience and go much deeper into the realm of the existential circumstances sorrounding your unique experience. Under such circumstances, it is unlikely that sweeping and broad generalizations will provide some of the answers you seek. Nevertheless, nothing is lost by learning from other Pedro Pan's unique experiences. On the contrary, by concentrating on what I consider to be the human side of the experience (as opposed to its controversial political nature) my understanding of my own experience has been greatly enriched and illuminated. Thank you for being so thoughful. Warm regards and best wishes, José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jan 4th 2011

Hi Griset! Wellcome to the PP Network! I am sure you will find many new brothers/sisters here....Reading your story made me sad for your broken doll....this unnecessary acts of cruelty against children unfortunately happened to many pedropans and you were so young... About the questions that you posted on your story of what could have happened to you have you stayed in Cuba, I thought you would like to read an article titled "Los Pedro sin Pan" you can see it at the following link: Love,

Message by Carmencita Romanach | Jan 4th 2011

Griset has updated their profile.

Status update | Jan 4th 2011

Griset has joined the Pedro Pan Network. Please welcome them!

Status update | Jan 4th 2011

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