Communist dictator Fidel Castro at
different stages of his life. (AP)
Communist dictator Fidel Castro, who died on Nov. 25 at age 90, said during a 1994 interview that he expected to "go to Hell" when he died, and that he would meet the Communist leaders Karl Marx, Frederich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin there, as well as capitalists who enjoyed life too much.
“You know, I’ll go to Hell, and I know the heat will be unbearable, but it will be less painful than having expected so much from Heaven, which never kept its promises," said Castro during an Oct. 27, 1994 Paris Match interview with reporter Jean-Luc Mano. (The interview was translated into English by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service and archived by the Latin American Network Information Center.)
"And also, when I arrive, I will meet Marx, Engels, Lenin," said Castro, in reference to the two intellectual founders of Communism -- Karl Marx and Frederich Engels -- and to the revolutionary founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin.
"And I will meet you too [Mano], as capitalists also go to Hell, you know," said Castro. "Especially when they like to enjoy life!”
Castro was baptized into the Catholic Church when he was eight years old, and attended Jesuit-run high schools. By his late teens he had become an atheist and was immersed in communist/socialist thought. Under his dictatorial rule in Cuba, which started in 1959, Castro and his chief executioner, Che Guevara, killed more than 73,000 Cubans for political reasons.
After his death on Nov. 25, Castro's body was cremated. His ashes were entombed in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in Santiago de Cuba.
Image from "The Last Judgment" by Fra Angelica (1395-1455). (Public domain)