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Hector German Oesterheld

Hector German Oesterheld was an Argentine journalist and writer of graphic novels and comics who has come to be celebrated as a master in his field.

His work slowly acquired a greater political emphasis, with stories such as El Eternauta, Part II (1976), which describes a futuristic Argentina under a dictatorship; his 1968 biography of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, a year after Che's death, was removed from circulation by the government and the originals destroyed. In 1970 he wrote a scathing critical biography of Evita Peron, dedicated to Che. In 1973 he published 450 Years of War Against Imperialism. During the military government of the 1970s, Oesterheld is believed to have joined, following his four daughters, a leftist guerrilla group, the Montoneros.

In 1976 he disappeared, and a year later his daughters, Diana (21), Beatriz (19), Estela (25) and Marina (18), were arrested by the Argentine armed forces in La Plata, and were never seen again. His daughters' husbands were also among those that vanished. One grandson, Martin, was born in captivity and recovered from the government by Oesterheld's widow, Elsa Sanchez, and raised by her. A second, Fernando, born earlier, was raised by his paternal grandparents. Sanchez also participated in the protests of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and became of the spokeswomen for the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, which advocates for the return of children of the disappeared to their birth families.

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