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Ernesto Guevara Lynch de la Serna was born on June 14, 1928, in the Argentine Rosario city. His parents were people of moderate means. Father, Ernesto Guevara Lynch, an lrish by birth, worked as an enginner, and mother, Selia de la Serna, had Spanish roots. Ernesto was the eldest of the five children, brought up in this family, and stood out for his inclination to liberal views and believes.

In his second years Ernesto seriously fell ill. He carried the heaviest form of bronchial asthma, as a result of which the assaults of asthma accompanied him during all his life. In order to restore the child's health his family was obliged to move to the province of Cordova, a place with a drier climate, Alta Grasia, where his health was not improved substantially. Because of this Ernesto had never possessed a loud voice, which was so necessary for a speaker, and the people, listening to his speeches, always heard the stertorous sounds, coming from his lungs with each pronounced word, and felt how difficult it was for him. Gueavara received the elementary education at home, basically from his mother. From the early years he showed an inclination towards literature. With a great enthusiasm Ernesto read Marx's, Engels's and Freud's works in abundunce of his father's library. Most probably, he had studied some of them even before he entered Cordova state college in 1941. During his study in the college he showed abilities towards literature and sport disciplines.