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Che Guevara’s last letter to Fidel Castro

His hands were severed for identification. His body later dissapeared. The body was later found in 1997 in Vallegrande, Bolivia with hands missing. The book Las Manos de Guevara (The Hands of Che Guevara), written by Evgenii Dolmatovskii published in 1974 answers some of the questions.

On 9 Oct, 1967 US backed Bolivian forces executed the Cuban Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara in Bolivia . His death  immortalized an idea of revolution;the symbolic shadow of emancipation which refuses to fade away with the pendulums of time . The following letter was the last letter written by Commandante Ernesto Che Guevara to Fidel Castro on April 1, 1965.

Fidel:

At this moment I remember many things: when I met you in Maria Antonia’s house, when you proposed I come along, all the tensions involved in the preparations. One day they came by and asked who should be notified in case of death, and the real possibility of it struck us all. Later we knew it was true, that in a revolution one wins or dies (if it is a real one). Many comrades fell along the way to victory.

Today everything has a less dramatic tone, because we are more mature, but the event repeats itself. I feel that I have fulfilled the part of my duty that tied me to the Cuban revolution in its territory, and I say farewell to you, to the comrades, to your people, who now are mine.

The iconic picture of Che Guevara captured by Alberto Korda day before alleged CIA explosion in Havana Harbour on March 4, 1960. The event ended US-Cuba relations for nearly 50 years.

I formally resign my positions in the leadership of the party, my post as minister, my rank of commander, and my Cuban citizenship. Nothing legal binds me to Cuba. The only ties are of another nature — those that cannot be broken as can appointments to posts.

Reviewing my past life, I believe I have worked with sufficient integrity and dedication to consolidate the revolutionary triumph. My only serious failing was not having had more confidence in you from the first moments in the Sierra Maestra, and not having understood quickly enough your qualities as a leader and a revolutionary.
I have lived magnificent days, and at your side I felt the pride of belonging to our people in the brilliant yet sad days of the Caribbean [Missile] crisis. Seldom has a statesman been more brilliant as you were in those days. I am also proud of having followed you without hesitation, of having identified with your way of thinking and of seeing and appraising dangers and principles.

Other nations of the world summon my modest efforts of assistance. I can do that which is denied you due to your responsibility as the head of Cuba, and the time has come for us to part.
You should know that I do so with a mixture of joy and sorrow. I leave here the purest of my hopes as a builder and the dearest of those I hold dear. And I leave a people who received me as a son. That wounds a part of my spirit. I carry to new battlefronts the faith that you taught me, the revolutionary spirit of my people, the the feeling of fulfilling the most sacred of duties: to fight against imperialism wherever it may be. This is a source of strength, and more than heals the deepest of wounds.

I state once more that I free Cuba from all responsibility, except that which stems from its example. If my final hour finds me under other skies, my last thought will be of this people and especially of you. I am grateful for your teaching and your example, to which I shall try to be faithful up to the final consequences of my acts.
I have always been identified with the foreign policy of our revolution, and I continue to be. Wherever I am, I will feel the responsibility of being a Cuban revolutionary, and I shall behave as such. I am not sorry that I leave nothing material to my wife and children; I am happy it is that way. I ask nothing for them, as the state will provide them with enough to live on and receive an education.

I would have many things to say to you and to our people, but I feel they are unnecessary. Words cannot express what I would like them to, and there is no point in scribbling pages.

Date of letter: April 1, 1965

Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez better known as Alberto Korda died on May 25, 2001. On 9, Oct 1967, the cuban Marxist revolutionary, Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara, was executed by US backed Bolivian forces by Gunshot. His hands were severed for identification. His body later dissapeared. The body was later found in 1997 in Vallegrande, Bolivia with hands missing. The book Las Manos de Guevara (The Hands of Che Guevara), written by Evgenii Dolmatovskii published in 1974 answers some of the questions. Some accounts state Antonio Arguedas, the same man who smuggled personal diary of Che out of Bolivia,  sent his hands back to Cuba. However it remains a mystery but the idea of revolution which Che dreamt of continues to inspire millions around the globe.
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