Essay on Ernesto Guevara de Serna

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Ernesto Guevara de Serna

Ernesto Guevara de Serna was born in Argentina in 1928 into a fairly privileged family. He developed serious asthma at the age of two, which would plague him throughout his life. He was home-schooled by his mother, Celia de la Serna. It was these early years when he became an eager reader of Marx, Engels, and Freud which all were all part of his father's library. He went to secondary school in 1941, the Colegio Nacional Dean Funes, Cordoba, where he excelled in literature and sports.

At home he was impressed by the Spanish Civil War refugees and by the long series of political crises in Argentina. These culminated in the ‘Left Fascist’ dictatorship of Juan Peron, to whom the Guevara de la Sernas were
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This meant that he would pass up the chance of a government medical appointment. This left him penniless. He moved in with Hilda Gadea, a Marxist of Indian stock who expanded his political education, looked after him, and introduced him to Nico Lopez, one of Fidel Castro's lieutenants.

While in Guatemala, he saw the CIA at work as the principal agents of counterrevolution. He confirmed, in his view, that Revolution could be made only by armed insurrection. When Arbenz fell, Guevara went to Mexico City (September 1954) where he worked in the General Hospital. Hilda Gadea and Nico Lopez joined him. It was there that he met and was charmed by Raul and Fidel Castro, then political émigrés, and realized that in Fidel he had found the leader he was seeking.

He joined other Castro followers at the farm where Alberto Bayo, the Spanish Republican Army Captain, was training Cuban revolutionaries in guerrilla warfare. The Spanish captain drew not only on his own experience, but also on the guerrilla teachings of Mao Tse-tung. Che became his star pupil and was made a leader of the class. The war games at the farm attracted police attention, and all the Cubans and Che were arrested. However, they were released a month later (June 1956).

When the guerillas invaded Cuba, Che went with them, first as doctor, and soon later as a Commandant of the revolutionary army. He was the most

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