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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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1 Fidel 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.
2 Was the inspiration for the character Ché in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical "Evita".
3 There 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.
4 His 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.
5 He was nicknamed "Che" by his Cuban comrades because of his frequent used of the Argentinian slang word "che" which can mean "pal" or "Hey!".
6 Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once referred to him as "The most complete human being of our time".
7 He is a second cousin of Rodrigo De la Serna.
8 Although 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.
9 8/8/60: Featured on the cover of "Time" magazine.
10 Commenting 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."
11 1997: His remains, buried in an unmarked grave near an airstrip in Bolivia, were exhumed and relocated to Cuba.
12 During 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.
13 Though 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.
14 Suffered from asthma.
15 1953: Received a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires.
16 Was of Spanish, Basque and Irish descent.



Che: Part One 2008 memoir "Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War"
Che: Part Two 2008 Bolivian Diary
The Motorcycle Diaries 2004 book "Notas de viaje" - as Ernesto Guevara
Carnet de identidad 1970 Short texts



Che Guevara and Cuba's Social Welfare: Aleida Guevara's Special Lecture at Shizuoka General Hospital 2014 Video grateful acknowledgment
Org 1979 dedicatee



Black and Cuba 2013 Documentary completed Himself
26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - California Athletic Commission (as Che Guevara)
World in Action 1967 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Les survivants du Che post-production as Che Guevara
Breakfast 2016 TV Series Himself
Duels 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
American Experience 2005-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Gabo, la creación de Gabriel García Márquez 2015 Documentary Himself
Leo & Tony's Parody Center Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Che Guevara and Cuba's Social Welfare: Aleida Guevara's Special Lecture at Shizuoka General Hospital 2014 Video Himself
Occupy Unmasked 2012 Documentary Himself (as Che Guevara)
¿Qué fue de tu vida? 2012 TV Series Himself
Cuba, Batista et la mafia 2012 Documentary Himself (as Che Guevara)
Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War 2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Revolutionary
Sunday Morning 2009 Video short Himself
50 años de 2009 TV Series Himself
Superpower 2008 Documentary Himself
¡Hasta la victoria siempre comandante! 2008 Documentary Himself
Chevolution 2008 Documentary Himself
68 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Guevara: Anatomia de un Mito 2008 Documentary Himself
Shiru wo tanoshimu 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Personal Che 2007 Documentary Himself
Protagonistas del recuerdo 2006 TV Series Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself
Husker du... 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Kordavision 2005 Documentary Himself
Algo habrán hecho 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Fidel Castro. Ewiger Revolutionär 2004 Documentary short Himself
America Undercover 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Glauber o Filme, Labirinto do Brasil 2003 Documentary Himself
The Battle for 'I Am Curious-Yellow' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Legenden 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Life and Times 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Ernesto Che Guevara 1995 Documentary Himself
Ernesto Che Guevara, the Bolivian Diary 1994 Documentary Himself
Entre leyendas 1994 Documentary short Himself
The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes 1992 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Comoedia 1981 Himself
Una foto recorre el mundo 1981 Documentary short
Topaz 1969 Himself (uncredited)
Ost und West 1969 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hour of the Furnaces 1968 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show 1959 TV Series Himself - 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!
3 To 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!
4 It'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.
6 And 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.
8 Our efforts are focused on the push for unity amongst the world's underdeveloped nations in order to present a coherent front.
9 If you can tremble with indignation every time an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.
10 This revolution has always relied on the willingness of the Cuban people.
11 The only passion that guides me is for the truth...I look at everything from this point of view.
12 The people's heroes cannot be separated from the people, cannot be elevated onto a pedestal, into something alien to the lives of that people.
13 How 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.
15 Against brute force and injustice the People will have the last word, that of Victory.
16 Our 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.
17 I now know by an unbelievable coincidence of fate that I am destined to travel.
18 When 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.
19 This 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.
20 We 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.
21 Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution passion and audacity are required in big doses.
22 Let 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.
23 It is better to die standing than to live on your knees.
24 The 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?
25 Hatred 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.
26 Man really attains the state of complete humanity when he produces, without being forced by physical need to sell himself as a commodity.
27 I am one of those people who believes that the solution to the world's problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.

1 Military Fatigues
2 Thick Beard
3 Black Beret

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