Cubans have learned with sadness of the passing Friday morning of Eusebio Leal Spengler, the Historian of Havana City, after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.
Havana, Cuba.- The Cuban Presidency website said that the details of his funeral will be announced shortly.
Immediate reactions to the news poured on Twitter from the island´s top officials, colleagues, and people from all walks of life.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel wrote: “Don Eusebio of loving memory has died, the one who made us cry and laugh with the history of the nation that we are, giving it character and soul, giving it names and illuminating its darkness like someone who turns on lights in the middle of the night. Our condolences to family and friends.”
And the Cuban president added: "Today we have lost the Cuban who saved Havana on behalf of Fidel and who took it with such passion that his name is no longer his, but synonymous with the City.”
Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, for his part, wrote: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Eusebio, an exceptional protagonist of our foreign policy. Few people have lived so passionately and imbued themselves in a country as he did. Havana, Cuba, and the world will preserve the indelible mark of a man who is unrepeatable in history.”
“A hero of everything and of everybody,“ "a brilliant historian, a mover and shaker who got things done, widely respected and loved." "Irreplaceable,” "Havana cries and Cuba is shaken by his loss” are some of the numerous reactions. (RHC)
Don Eusebio has died, he of the loving memory who made us cry and laugh with the history of the nation that we are, by giving it character and soul, putting names and illuminating darkness like switching on lights in middle of the night. Our condolences to family and friends. pic.twitter.com/7dvJyB7LgA— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) July 31, 2020
(From the Havana City Historian’s Office)
Eusebio Leal was born in his beloved Havana on September 11, 1942.
- Ph.D. in Historical Sciences at the University of Havana - 2000, Master's Degree in Latin American, Caribbean and Cuban Studies, Specialist in Archaeological Sciences, 1975 Bachelor’s degree in History
-Postgraduate studies in Italy in the restoration of Historical Centers, on a scholarship granted by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 1980
-Member of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee since its IV Congress in 1991
-Deputy to the National Assembly of People's Power from 1993 to date.
-United Nations Goodwill Ambassador - 1996
-He began working in 1959 at the Havana Metropolitan Administration and in 1967 was appointed Director of the Havana City Museum, succeeding Dr. Emilio Roig de Leushenring, as the eminent intellectual’s disciple.
-He assumed the direction of restoration works of the city government’s headquarters, the former Palace of the Captains General and the Captain’s residence, completed in 1979.
-In 1981 he was given the responsibility of conducting restoration works approved by the City government on May 5 of that year.
-On April 16, 1986, he is assigned the responsibility of the works on the San Carlos de La Cabaña Fortress and, later, the Morro.
-Historian of the City of Havana
-President of the Cuba - Mexico Parliamentarian Friendship Group.
-Vice-president of the Cuba-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group.