Bolivian paper releases unknown Che documents

18th June 2013, Comments 0 comments

Che Guevara's personal letters and a slew of unpublished photographs were published by a Bolivian newspaper Monday, nearly half a century after the Argentine-born Cuban revolution hero's death.

La Razon ran a 20-page supplement on the items that the military had secretly kept under lock since 1967.

The release included black-and-white photographs, as well as information about the items provided by retired military staff.

Among the more striking items were a photograph of Argentine-born German guerrilla Haydee Tamara Bunke, who was known by the nom de guerre Tania, with her head shaved.

There is also a letter written by Tania during the insurgency to her Cuban companion Damaso Lescaille, which never made it to him. The Bolivian military surrounding the rebels intercepted it.

"All of this is just to show you, if you haven't figure it out yet, that I am studying at last! Of course, as you know, I like big challenges; I overcome obstacles," Tania apparently wrote of her role as a rebel.

She was the only woman to fight alongside Guevara. Her letter was authenticated by historians, La Razon reported.

The Bolivian military maintained the rebels' written confessions as a coveted "war prize."

Guevara was killed October 8, 1967 by Bolivian troops while on an ill-fated campaign to ignite a peasant revolution in Bolivia.

The papers can be accessed at

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