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Hilda Gadea

Hilda Gadea
Hilda Gadea and Che Guevara on their honeymoon trip
Born March 1921
Lima, Peru
Died February 1974 (aged 52)
Havana, Cuba
Alma mater National University of San Marcos
Spouse(s) Che Guevara
(m. 1955-1959; divorced)
Children Hilda Guevara
(born 1956, died 1995)

Hilda Gadea Acosta (March 1921 – February 1974)[1] was a Peruvian economist, Communist leader, and author. She was Che Guevara's first wife.

Gadea Acosta was the first female Secretary of the Economy of the Executive National Committee for Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (APRA, American Popular Revolutionary Alliance).[1] Her activities in Peru led to her exile in 1948. She first met Guevara in Guatemala in December 1953.[1][2] Gadea and Guevara moved to Mexico due to pressure from their politics. She introduced Guevara to several Cuban rebels.

Gadea married Guevara in Mexico in September 1955, after learning she was pregnant. The marriage ended in a divorce in May 1959. They had a daughter named Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara Gadea (born February 1956 – died 1995).[3]

Following the Cuban revolution, in which Guevara fought, Gadea came to Cuba, to be confronted with the announcement by Guevara that he had fallen in love with another woman, Aleida March, and requested a divorce. Gadea remained loyal to Guevara's political movement; she died in Havana in 1974.[3] She wrote the memoir My Life With Che. [1] Gabriel San Roman, a writer for Z Magazine, began writing a play about Gadea.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "My Life With Che." Macmillan; retrieved 23 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Rebel Wife", The Washington Post; retrieved 23 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b Snow, Anita. My Life With Che by Hilda Gadea" (Associated Press), WJXX-TV. 16 August 2008; retrieved 23 February 2009.
  4. ^ San Román, Gabriel. "On the Roadshow with Che." Z Magazine. February 2009; retrieved 23 February 2009.

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