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Che Guevara


Argentine Marxist groundbreaking and guerrilla leader who helped overthrow the Cuban federal government using the 26th of July Movement in 1959. He is becoming an icon all around the globe for course struggle and leftist politics movements. Throughout a break from medical college, he journeyed to SOUTH USA on his motorbike witnessing poverty and struggling. He still left Cuba in 1965 to foment trend in Bolivia, where he was captured by CIA-assisted Bolivian makes and performed. His first relationship was to Hilda Gadea, the initial female Secretary from the Economy from the Professional Country wide committee in Peru. He was after that wedded to Aleida Guevara from 1959 until his loss of life. He previously three daughters, Aleida, Hilda and Celia, and two sons, Camilo and Ernesto. While surviving in Mexico Town he fulfilled Fidel Castro, and became a member of his 26th of July Movement,

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Full Name Che Guevara
Date Of Birth June 14, 1928
Died October 9, 1967, La Higuera, Bolivia
Place Of Birth Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.75 m
Profession Activist
Education University of Buenos Aires
Nationality Argentine
Spouse Aleida March, Hilda Gadea
Children Aleida Guevara, Hilda Guevara, Camilo Guevara, Celia Guevara, Ernesto Guevara
Parents Celia de la Serna y Llosa, Ernesto Guevara Lynch
Siblings Juan Martin Guevara de la Serna, Ana Maria Guevara de la Serna, Roberto Guevara de la Serna, Celia Guevara de la Serna
Movies The Motorcycle Diaries, Che: Part Two, Carnet de identidad
Star Sign Gemini

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1Fidel launched a counterattack to the U.S. campaign in a speech he gave January 21 at the National Palace, comparing the crimes committed during the dictatorship with those judged at Nuremberg and asserting the people's right to see justice done and to carry out the executions. He asked for a show of hands: was justice meted out to the torturers? According to Carlos Franqui, who was editor of Revolución at the time: "Fidel's question was answered by an overwhelming 'Yes!' A private nationwide survey showed 93 percent in favor of the trials and shootings." Che was present at the gathering, but took no part in the demonstration.
2Was the inspiration for the character Ché in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical "Evita".
3There has been some confusion over whether Guevara was killed in the initial ambush by Bolivian soldiers of his unit or whether he was captured and then executed later. Most sources familiar with the incident say he was likely captured, then executed.
4His nickname as a youth was "El Fuser," which was a contraction of "El Furibundo Serna" (The Furious Serna). He earned this nickname for his aggressive style of playing rugby.
5He was nicknamed "Che" by his Cuban comrades because of his frequent used of the Argentinian slang word "che" which can mean "pal" or "Hey!".
6Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once referred to him as "The most complete human being of our time".
7He is a second cousin of Rodrigo De la Serna.
8Although his birth date is credited as June 14, 1928 he was allegedly born on May 14, 1928. His parents hid this fact from their families in order to protect themselves from criticism because they weren't married when 'Che' was conceived.
98/8/60: Featured on the cover of "Time" magazine.
10Commenting on the recent merchandizing of Guevara's image, Jaime Suchlicki, an International Relations professor at the University of Miami, commented, "I think what he symbolized is a violent revolution, a pro-Chinese, Marxist line. What is ironic is that the capitalist market economy is selling a revolutionary that was against capitalism."
111997: His remains, buried in an unmarked grave near an airstrip in Bolivia, were exhumed and relocated to Cuba.
12During his guerrilla days with Fidel Castro, he was alleged to have ordered a young boy executed without trial after the boy was caught stealing food. After Castro took power, Guevara issued death sentences on some of his former comrades who refused to accept the Cuban communist system.
13Though revered by some as a revolutionary freedom fighter, Guevara was in fact considered a hard-line Stalinist by others and supposedly professed great admiration for former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. In an interview with Maurice Zeitlin of "Root and Branch" magazine in 1962, Guevara defended Cuba's outlawing of dissident factions as a form of revolutionary democracy and a necessary means of retaining power in a totalitarian society. He also praised the "extremely useful hatred that turns men into effective, violent, merciless, and cold killing machines" in his will.
14Suffered from asthma.
151953: Received a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires.
16Was of Spanish, Basque and Irish descent.



Che: Part One2008memoir "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War"
Che: Part Two2008Bolivian Diary
The Motorcycle Diaries2004book "Notas de viaje" - as Ernesto Guevara
Carnet de identidad1970Short texts



Che Guevara and Cuba's Social Welfare: Aleida Guevara's Special Lecture at Shizuoka General Hospital2014Video grateful acknowledgment



Black and Cuba2013Documentary completedHimself
26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - California Athletic Commission (as Che Guevara)
World in Action1967TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Les survivants du Chepost-production as Che Guevara
Breakfast2016TV SeriesHimself
Duels2016TV Series documentaryHimself
American Experience2005-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Gabo, la creación de Gabriel García Márquez2015DocumentaryHimself
Leo & Tony's Parody Center Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Che Guevara and Cuba's Social Welfare: Aleida Guevara's Special Lecture at Shizuoka General Hospital2014VideoHimself
Occupy Unmasked2012DocumentaryHimself (as Che Guevara)
¿Qué fue de tu vida?2012TV SeriesHimself
Cuba, Batista et la mafia2012DocumentaryHimself (as Che Guevara)
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Revolutionary
Sunday Morning2009Video shortHimself
50 años de2009TV SeriesHimself
¡Hasta la victoria siempre comandante!2008DocumentaryHimself
682008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Guevara: Anatomia de un Mito2008DocumentaryHimself
Shiru wo tanoshimu2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Personal Che2007DocumentaryHimself
Protagonistas del recuerdo2006TV SeriesHimself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
Husker du...2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Algo habrán hecho2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Fidel Castro. Ewiger Revolutionär2004Documentary shortHimself
America Undercover2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Glauber o Filme, Labirinto do Brasil2003DocumentaryHimself
The Battle for 'I Am Curious-Yellow'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Legenden2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Life and Times2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Ernesto Che Guevara1995DocumentaryHimself
Ernesto Che Guevara, the Bolivian Diary1994DocumentaryHimself
Entre leyendas1994Documentary shortHimself
The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes1992DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Comoedia1981Himself
Una foto recorre el mundo1981Documentary short
Topaz1969Himself (uncredited)
Ost und West1969TV Series documentaryHimself
The Hour of the Furnaces1968DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1959TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee

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1[on his mission in the Congo in 1965] The human element for the revolution in the Congo failed. The people have no will to fight. The revolutionary leaders are corrupt. In a word... there was nothing to do. We cannot, all by ourselves, liberate a country that does not want to fight.
2[while addressing the U.N. General Assembly on December 9, 1964] Executions? Certainly we execute! And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the death against the revolution's enemies!
3To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We execute from revolutionary conviction!
4It's one of those times when one has to take big decisions; this type of struggle affords us the chance to become revolutionaries, the highest stage of human development, and it also gives us the chance to graduate as men.
5[in 1964, on the Cuban revolution] Revolutions, accelerated radical social changes, are made of circumstances; not always, almost never, or perhaps never can science predict their mature form in all its detail. They are made of passions, of man's fight for social vindication, and are never perfect. Neither was ours.
6And if it were said of us that we're almost romantics, that we are incorrigible idealists, that we think the impossible: then a thousand and one times we have to answer 'yes we are'.
7[in 1961, on the Cuban revolution] We are face to face with history and quite simply we must not be afraid! We must maintain the same enthusiasm and faith that we have up to now.
8Our efforts are focused on the push for unity amongst the world's underdeveloped nations in order to present a coherent front.
9If you can tremble with indignation every time an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.
10This revolution has always relied on the willingness of the Cuban people.
11The only passion that guides me is for the truth...I look at everything from this point of view.
12The people's heroes cannot be separated from the people, cannot be elevated onto a pedestal, into something alien to the lives of that people.
13How easy it is to govern when one follows a system of consulting the will of the people and one holds as the only norm all the actions which contribute to the well being of the people.
14[on women fighters] In the tough life of the fighter, a woman is a comrade who brings the qualities peculiar to her gender but with the ability to work just as hard as a man. She can fight, she is weaker, but no less resistant than a man.
15Against brute force and injustice the People will have the last word, that of Victory.
16Our first experience on unpaved roads was alarming: nine spills in a single day. However, lying on camp beds, the only beds we'd know from now on, beside La Poderosa ["The Powerful One", the name of companion Alberto Granado's motorbike], our snail-like abode, we looked into our future with impatient joy. We seemed to breathe more freely, a lighter air, an air of adventure. Faraway countries, heroic deeds, beautiful women whirled round and round in our turbulent imaginations.
17I now know by an unbelievable coincidence of fate that I am destined to travel.
18When I began to study medicine most of the concepts I now have as a revolutionary were then absent from my warehouse of ideals. I wanted to be successful, as everyone does. I used to dream of being a famous researcher, of working tirelessly to achieve something that could, decidedly, be placed at the service of mankind, but which was at that time all about personal triumph. I was, as we all are, a product of my environment.
19This journey has only served to confirm this belief, that the division of America into unstable and illusory nations is complete fiction. We are one single mestizo race with remarkable ethnographic similarities, from Mexico down to Magellan Straits.
20We made friends with a Chilean worker couple who were communists. The couple numb with cold, huddling together in the desert night... They didn't have a single miserable blanket to sleep under, so we gave them one of ours and Alberto [Alberto Granado] and I wrapped the other one around us as best as we could. It was one of the coldest experiences I have ever had; but also one which made me feel a little closer to this strange, for me, human species.
21Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution passion and audacity are required in big doses.
22Let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
23It is better to die standing than to live on your knees.
24The question is one of fighting the causes and not just the effects. This revolution is bound to fail if it doesn't succeed in reaching deep inside them, stirring them right down to the bone, and giving them back their stature as human beings. Otherwise, what's the use?
25Hatred is an element of struggle; relentless hatred of the enemy that impels us over and beyond the natural limitations of man and transforms us into effective, violent, selective, and cold killing machines. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.
26Man really attains the state of complete humanity when he produces, without being forced by physical need to sell himself as a commodity.
27I am one of those people who believes that the solution to the world's problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.

1Military Fatigues
2Thick Beard
3Black Beret

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