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The Lost Pages of Che’s Diary

Photo: Yaimí RaveloIn 1968, the year after Ernesto Guevara de la Serna’s assassination, the first edition of El Diario del Che en Bolivia (Che’s Bolivian Diary) was published in Cuba. This edition lacked 13 pages that had been censored by the Bolivian military.

Besides the omission in the text, the site at which the Argentine-Cuban fighter and his comrades-in-arms had been buried remained unidentified.

In the mid-1980s, a team of Cuban specialists toured the Bolivian route described by Guevara in this text, with the aim of publishing an illustrated edition of the diary. One of the researchers who worked on this project was well-known author Adys Cupull Reyes.

“We wanted it to be didactic. Che says they ate armadillo and we photographed the armadillo. We wanted to present the animals he mentioned so that they would become known.

“We took cameras. Once there, we started to take photos of the different sites. Based on this work, we followed the whole trail that he describes in his diary, but seeking out and talking to the people.”

The research conducted in Bolivia had the support of local residents, who guided Adys and Froilán González García – also a researcher – through the dense wilderness, to reach those who had the answers to their questions.

“Such was the importance of these modest people who kept that secret for 30 years and took care of the place where the Cubans and Bolivians were buried.”

BOLIVIANS WERE NOT TO BLAME

At the beginning of the 1980s, Cuba and Bolivia reestablished ties. It was in this context that our interviewee traveled to Bolivia.

“We had read about Che, but we only knew of the diary that appeared in 1968. We were interested in learning more, as we had already done research on Julio Antonio Mella and Martí. / Granma


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