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Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider

Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider , better known as Tania or Tania the Guerrilla, was a communist revolutionary and spy who played a prominent role in the Cuban government after the Cuban Revolution and in various Latin American revolutionary movements. She was the only woman to fight alongside Bolivian communist rebels under Che Guevara.

Bunke was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of German communists Erich Bunke and Nadia Bider (who was Jewish). Her parents had fled to Argentina from Germany in the 1930s to escape the Nazis. In 1952, the family moved to East Germany. At the age of 18, Tamara Bunke was accepted into the ranks of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. Her brother is the famous statistician Olaf Bunke, and her sister-in-law is the author and statistician Helga Koenigsdorf (a.k.a. Helga Bunke).

Back in East Germany in 1960, Bunke met Che Guevara. Guevara was visiting East Germany with a Cuban trade delegation and Bunke Bider worked as an interpreter during the Youth Festival.

Related websites

Tania - Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider

Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider: the woman who died with Che Guevara


Misterio de las Tanias Novel

2008 Sunday Times article on Tania

UK Guardian article

Sydney Guardian article

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