Posted March 7, 2013 by Arino in Revolutionist
- Was of Spanish, Basque and Irish descent.
- 1953: Received a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires.
- Suffered from asthma.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1997: His remains, buried in an unmarked grave near an airstrip in Bolivia, were exhumed and relocated to Cuba.
- 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.”
- 8/8/60: Featured on the cover of “Time” magazine.
- 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.
- He is a second cousin of Rodrigo De la Serna.
- Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once referred to him as “The most complete human being of our time”.
- 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!”.
- 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.
- 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.
- Was the inspiration for the character Ché in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Evita”.