Che Guevara signed 'Honorable Mention' certificate
A document signed by one of the most significant political figures of the 20th century
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (1928-1967) was a writer, guerrilla leader and Marxist revolutionary, who played a major role in the Cuban Revolution.
In 1959 Guevara and Fidel Castro led a group of insurgents to overthrow the government of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, and established Cuba as a Communist state.
Following the Revolution, Che Guevara served in a number of important positions throughout the new government, including Chief of the Industrial Department of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform; President of the National Bank of Cuba ; and Minister of Industry.
Guevara was also a central figure in establishing links to the Soviet Union – a relationship which brought Soviet nuclear missiles to Cuba, and almost caused a global nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Guevera's 1961 book Guerrilla Warfare became a handbook for thousands of revolutionaries around the world, and he was later killed in 1967 whilst attempting to organize a similar revolution in Bolivia.
Today Che Guevara remains both revered as a hero and reviled as a terrorist in equal measure, he became a symbolic figure for many leftist political movements
His life continues to inspire countless movies, documentaries, books and essays, and the iconic Alberto Korda photograph of him entitled 'Guerrillero Heroico' is regarded as one of the most famous images of the 20th century.
This 'Honourable Mention' certificate was presented to worker Hiram Peres de Alejo in March 1962 for his "endeavour in the increase of production".
Under the new Communist regime, Guevara had abolished all pay raises, and so Cuban workers were encouraged with moral, rather than material incentives.
These included a system of diplomas, medals, certificates, honourable mentions in factory bulletins, and public ceremonies.
The certificate bears Guevara's iconic, instantly recognizable signature, which reads simply "Che", along with an embossed official government seal.
The document measures 27.8 x 35.3cm, with several separations repaired on the reverse, and slight creasing and toning.
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