Marita Lorenz Biography
(Fidel Castro’s Girlfriend)
Birthday: August 18, 1939 (Leo)
Born In: Bremen, Germany
Ilona Marita Lorenz was a German-born American woman who had a relationship with Fidel Castro in 1959 and was allegedly part of CIA’s assassination attempt against him in January 1960. Originally from Bremen, Lorenz spent several months imprisoned at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp along with her mother as a child. Freed after the end of the war, she accompanied her father in his travels on his passenger liner. She came to Havana in February 1959 and met Castro. She subsequently spent several months with him, which resulted in her pregnancy. The child’s eventual fate has since become a matter of debate. Lorenz came to US and joined the anti-Castro movement in Florida. In her later testimony, she said that she was recruited by the CIA to assassinate Castro but did not go through with the plan. Later, she claimed that she had an affair with the deposed Venezuelan dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez and had a child with him. In the 1970s and 1980s, she delivered testimonies about the John F. Kennedy assassination.