GUEST BLOG—Sunday (June 14) was Ernesto Guevara de la Serna’s 87th birthday. A score of objects offered to the Cuban-Argentinean revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara was placed on display for the first time as part of an exhibition inaugurated at the mausoleum where he is buried in Cuba.
The exhibit “Never so alive” is part of a program to celebrate the 87th anniversary of his birth, said Maira Romero, director of the Ernesto Che Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara, 270 km east of Havana.
|Che Guevara Memorial, |
Santa Clara, Cuba
Photo: Don Wilgus, April 2015
Among the objects included in the “Tribute” collection, there is a red flower sent by a friend of María del Carmen Ferreyra (Chichina Ferreyra), Guevara’s first official girlfriend, and a silver vase offered by Bolivian Lena Vicente, daughter of Casildo Condori, known as “Victor” in Guevara’s guerrilla in Bolivia.
Other objects include 10 flags, one of them representing the struggle of “the disappeared” in Rosario during the last dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983), made by Argentinean artist Fernando Traverso, and a handkerchief from the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo donated by their president, Hebe de Bonafini.
“Throughout the years many people have paid homage to him in a very special way, by bringing, as a sign of admiration and respect, poems, songs, letters, flowers, flags, personal items, medals, children’s drawings, oil paintings, candles,” Romero said.
The tribute to Guevara this month included lectures and conferences about his life and works, as well as other exhibitions throughout the island.
Guevera was born in Rosario in 1928, and along with Fidel Castro, he participated in the guerrilla war in the Sierra Maestra, on the east side of the island, where he became a commanding officer. After the revolution’s triumph in 1959, he held different positions in the Cuban government, among them, he was president of the Central Bank.
Guevara was killed on October 9, 1967, a day after getting caught by the Bolivian Army. After his death, the guerrilla team he led in this country disappeared—By TicoTimes.com