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Local woman shares thoughts on leaving Cuba during Castro’s regime

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SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA. -- A local mother is weighing in on former Cuban Prime Minister, Fidel Castro's death.

Silvia Perbetsky left Cuba to come to the United States with her mother and grandparents in 1961 when she was 3-years-old. Her father came to the U.S. a few months later.

Perbetsky says they left Cuba because Castro stripped their freedom away. She says they had to leave or they would be forced to stay under Castro's dictatorship. There's one particular memory that Perbetsky remembered.

"And they asked me, why do you want your doll to go with you so bad," Perbetsky said. "They figured a little kid, if there was something in there might break. I just said what I had heard around my house for a long time. You know, little kids say whatever they hear. I said, because I don't want my doll to be a communist."

Perbetsky said when she heard the news of Castro's death she was happy.