Che Guevera’s mother was Celia Sheinerman, daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants to Argentina.
Guevera dedicated himself to Judaism when he learned of his heritage. He visited Israel where he met his first cousin, Ariel Sharon.
“Some see in him a fanatic and pitiless killer, who was desperately rushing forward seeking death, leading the naive and blindly devoted to him people, foolhardily taking other people’s lives in the name of questionable and erroneous ideas. Others consider him a glorious hero, defender of weak and oppressed, romantic leader of entire generations of youngsters.
Who was he in reality, this ardent Latin American revolutionary, who reached the peaks of authority on “the island of freedom” and was killed in the foreign land, the object of devotion by his friends and of hate to his enemies even after death?
Only forty years after the death of Ernesto Guevara, the declassified materials from the archives of intelligence services of super-powers opened to us the true background of the improbable and tragic events, which overturned the life of Comandante.
New documents bared with penetrating clarity the dramatic fate of the hero, who learned the secret of his Jewish origin, returned to his people and faith and died in the search of salvation of the land and people of Israel.
Probably, everything began at the end of 1964. Possibly then Ernesto’s mother, sensing close death (she will die in May 1965) disclosed to her son the surprising history of its life.
Celia De La Serna was born in 1908 into a Buenos Aires religious family of Jewish emigrants from Russia. She was named Celia in memory of her aunt killed during the pogroms. Until the age of eighteen, Celia Sheinerman grew up in the closed and stuffy emigrant ghetto, getting a traditional Jewish education. However, upon official maturity, she immediately left the parents’ house and religion, changed her Jewish name and only a year later married Ernesto Guevara Lynch, a native of Argentina. A year later, she gave birth to Ernesto. Neither Che nor his four brothers and sisters ever suspected their Jewish roots.
Celia has thoroughly hidden her Jewishness, without even telling her husband. Nevertheless, shortly before her death, she entrusted her secret to her dear son. The shaken Che learned that, according to Jewish tradition, he is a Jew and that in the old world he has close relatives along the maternal line.
Ariel Sharon who, when younger, cut a dashing image. In contrast to the bloated monster, he became in later years. Would Guevara have followed a similar fate had he not died so young? Click to enlarge