The last photo of “Che” in Vallegrande

The last photo of “Che” in Vallegrande

Ernesto Guevara was an Argentine revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution.

On October 8, 1967, the Argentine revolutionary Ernesto Guevara was captured by the CIA-assisted Bolivian Army in the nearby ravine Quebrada del Churo, ending his campaign to create a continental revolution in South America.

The day after his execution on 10 October 1967, Guevara’s corpse was displayed to the world press in the laundry house of the Vallegrande hospital. Image: Freddy Alborta/UPI

After his execution, Guevara’s body was lashed to the landing skids of a helicopter and flown to nearby Vallegrande, where photographs were taken of him lying on a concrete slab in the laundry room of the Nuestra Señora de Malta. Several witnesses were called to confirm his identity, key amongst them the British journalist Richard Gott, the only witness to have met Guevara when he was alive.

Laundry room of Hospital Señor de Malta / Image:
Laundry room of Hospital Señor de Malta. The military wanted to wash Che’s face to make it more recognizable than to show their victory over the revolutionaries. / Image:
Laundry room of Hospital Señor de Malta / Image: Coen Wubbels

Featured Image: Ernesto “Che” Guevara  1928 – 1967 / Image: Osvaldo Salas

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