Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels


Marion Finkels Kreith was fourteen when she and her family fled Nazi-occupied Europe and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. At a time when most countries had shut their doors to the refugees, one of the only options for escape was a Caribbean island – Cuba.

Winner of the Impact Docs Award and screened at festivals and events worldwide.

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Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels_Trailer from Robin Truesdale on Vimeo.

Filming on the Malecon 2015



“The narrative is uplifting and inspirational in the remarkable strength of Jewish people who came to Cuba as refugees during WWII; their grit and fortitude in creating a space for meaningful lives beyond and above the exceptional hardships of the time.  And it is a warm, hopeful story as it chronicles the exemplary Jewish lives that evolved in the accommodating space in Cuba, or the  “Haven in Havana,” of those days. The remarkable human spirit this story depicts is indeed the true Jewel of human history!” – Raj M. Manglik

Robin Truesdale

  • Louisville, Colorado

“Leap and the net will appear.”