Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

Beginning with June of 1939, Daniel, a German Jew, flees Germany by boat. He is alone because his parents only had enough money to pay for one person’s passage. The boat’s 9780805089363passengers are refused entry to the United States and Canada, and end up in a Cuban harbour for several days, waiting for permission to land.

Tropical SecretsMargarita Engle‘s historical novel-in-verse, explores the survival and political plight of Jewish refugees in Cuba. Alternating poems from the perspectives of several characters, including Daniel and Paloma, a  daughter of a Cuban official who secretly helps several refugees, provide a well-rounded story.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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