What Was Che Guevara's Childhood Like?


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Ernesto Guevara de la Serna was born on 14th June, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina. Both his parents were of Basque ancestry. He was the eldest of five siblings.
He grew up in this upper-class family, with leftist leanings, and even as a boy he was known radical perspective, and dynamic personality. He excelled as an athlete despite the fact that he suffered sever asthma attacks, a condition that would afflict him throughout his life. He was a passionate rugby player.

By the age of 12 he began to participate in chess tournaments, a game he had learnt from his father. As an adolescent he developed a passion for poetry and was also an avid reader, devouring books ranging from literary classics, to the works of Freud and philosophy. In his later teens he developed an interest in photography and archaeology.

At the age of 20, in pursuit of a career in medicine, he entered the University of Buenos Aires and also traveled extensively across Latin America, taking a break from his studies. His experiences across the continent greatly shaped his perception, and changed the direction of his life.

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