The Patria Potestad Hoax

  title={The Patria Potestad Hoax},
  author={Deborah Shnookal},
  journal={Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba's Children},
  • Deborah Shnookal
  • Published 9 June 2020
  • Political Science
  • Operation Pedro Pan and the Exodus of Cuba's Children
This chapter reviews the impact in Cuba of Cold War propaganda about the family and communism. It investigates the origins of the rumor campaign maintaining that the Cuban revolutionary government planned to eliminate patria potestad (parental authority) and make all Cuban children wards of the state. The rumors were backed up by the printing and circulation of a fake law by the anti-Castro movement. The author examines how this hoax was also spread through sensational news broadcasts on the…