Interesting facts about Che Guevara


Posted on Nov 15, 2021      18


Barely the most famous revolutionary in the world, Che Guevara left an indelible mark on history. He always fought for his ideals, and only death could stop him, although the intelligence services of different countries have long tried to eliminate him. However, after a closer look at Che Guevara’s biography, one can conclude that everything is not that simple - he can hardly be called an uncompromising fighter for the rights of the deprived and the oppressed, as some people consider him to be. However, there is no absolute good and absolute evil in the world, and everyone looks at Che Guevara’s life from his own point of view.

Facts from the biography of Che Guevara

  • Che Guevara’s father was a planter and a very successful one, so much so that he paid his farmhands in money rather than in products, as others. Because of this, other planters became angry with him and he had to move away.
  • Throughout his life, Che Guevara loved to play chess, and did it very well.
  • Among his distant ancestors was the famous Irish rebel, Patrick Lynch.
  • The feature film “The Motorcyclist’s Diaries” was made about Che Guevara’s youth. It is based on the events of those years, when he traveled in South America, traveling over 4 thousand kilometers. It was what he saw during those years that eventually turned him into a revolutionary hungry for change.
  • Few people know that Che Guevara composed poetry, and not bad ones at that.
  • Throughout his life, Che Guevara suffered from asthma. Cold water caused him severe attacks, so he rarely washed, and therefore preserved a lot of references to the fact that the commander is usually not a very pleasant smell.
  • Being an Argentinean by birth, young Che Guevara “dodged” compulsory military service by taking a cold bath and causing an asthma attack.
  • Che Guevara visited the Soviet Union several times.
  • By education, the future revolutionary was a doctor.

  • At one time, even before he started his revolutionary activities, Che Guevara worked as a librarian.
  • Che Guevara’s famous portrait, which is printed on T-shirts and posters all over the world, is the most replicated image of a human face in the world.
  • Being asthmatic, Che Guevara never parted with his inhaler and carried it with him everywhere.
  • He had four brothers and sisters.
  • In 2008, a 4-meter tall monument to the revolutionary in bronze was erected in his homeland, in the Argentine city of Rosario.
  • In some Latin American countries, the population considers Che Guevara a saint. Sometimes, this has caused displeasure with the local branches of the Catholic Church.
  • During his travels in Latin America, Che Guevara moonlighted in many ways, changing a dozen professions, from longshoreman to sailor.
  • There were several letters written by Che Guevara, which he signed as “Stalin II” in jest.
  • Mostly of his life, the commander didn’t smoke. He became addicted to cigars after the Cuban revolution in Cuba because the thick and pungent cigar smoke helped him drive away mosquitoes.
  • Che Guevara was also nicknamed “Chancho” which means “hog” in Spanish. The reason was the commander’s slovenliness and even unkemptness.
  • All his life Che Guevara devoured books avidly. He learned to read at the age of 4, and since then, reading became his passion.
  • Che Guevara was twice wounded in action during his life.
  • As an Argentine, he was officially granted Cuban citizenship after the Cuban Revolution.
  • The word “Che” is used as an address in Argentina, but in the case of the commander, it actually became his nickname. In fact, his name was Ernesto Guevara.
  • After the victory of the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto Guevara became president of the National Bank and then Minister of Industry of Cuba.
  • After an attempted coup in Guatemala, the commander had to flee to Mexico. There he made friends with young Fidel Castro, which influenced his whole life.
  • In the mid-60s Che Guevara tried to organize a communist revolution in Congo, Africa, but his activities did not bring the expected results.

  • Che Guevara considered the ideal state system to be Stalinist communism, and Joseph Stalin himself was his idol.
  • After Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, this long-suffering country began bloody “purges” of people undesirable to the regime, and, according to some testimonies, Che Guevara took an active part in them, sending to death many “politically unreliable” people.
  • In Cuba, he also organized a kind of secret police and concentration camps reminiscent of the Gulag of the USSR.
  • According to the recollections of his comrades-in-arms, Che Guevara never raised his voice at anyone, but at the same time, he often slipped in unprintable expressions into his speech.
  • Some data related to the revolutionary activities of the commander has not yet been declassified.
  • Some data related to the Comandante’s revolutionary activities have not yet been declassified.
  • The General and viceroy of Peru, José de la Serna e Hinojosa, was a distant ancestor of Che Guevara’s mother.
  • On the Cuban banknote of 3 pesos, you can see a portrait of Che Guevara.
  • Che Guevara died in Bolivia, helping the local revolutionaries. It was stated that he fell in battle, but evidence survives that he was captured and then shot by order of the CIA.
  • Che Guevara was buried without his hands - they were amputated after his hasty execution to be handed over to the Buenos Aires police and fingerprinted.
  • The place where Che Guevara’s body was buried by his executioners remained unknown for a long time; it was not until July 1997 that his remains were found in a mass grave near Vallegrande Field Airfield.
  • Over the decades, Cuban propaganda turned Che Guevara into a semi-legendary figure with a halo of romanticism and made him a major national hero.

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