AUTHOR: Nery Barnet Kircher
Nery was always telling her immediate family about what she went through during those years under the communist dictatorship in Cuba. They wanted her to put it in writing, and it took her years to come up with this book, as the memories were very painful at times.
She was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and came to United States in 1971 on the Freedom Flights, along with her parents, her sisters, and her niece Maria Elena. In 1983, she published a book of poetry called Algo de mi (Something from me), which included poems she had been writing since she was fourteen years old. She is in the process of finishing a short story about the year her father was in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers, which led to his death. It will be titled “Diary of a Dying Father.”
Nery is also a music composer and has participated in several festivals, including Festival OTI of Miami, where her song was one of the finalists. She also participated in the ACCA (Association of Critics and Commentators of Arts) music competition, where she received second place for one of her songs, placing after her mother, Elena Maria, who got first place.
She has been a dedicated volunteer through the Civitan International Service Organization since 1988. She has formed many Junior Civitan Clubs at different schools in Miami, specifically in Dade County and Collier County. Internationally, she and her husband formed the Civitan Cancun Club in Mexico and the Mount Everest Civitan Club in Nepal.
Path to Freedom!: From Birth,
Labor Camps, & a New Life
This is the story about a Cuban family from their very beginnings. This story includes descriptions of their ancestors, which are part of their legacy, and it tells the struggles suffered by its author from the sixties to 1971, when she and her family arrived in the United States.
A Diary of my Dying Father: A Family's Struggle
at Hospitals and Rehabilitation Center
for the Survival of Their Father
This book, which relates to a diary kept during the year 1998, is about what this family went through after their father had a heart attack. It is an odyssey of his fight for him to survive the mistakes committed by the people who were dealing with his sickness for him while he was hospitalized and being rehabilitated. At the end, his journey was fatal.