Many leftists that are anti-Stalin, often see Che Guevara as an anti-authoritarian communist. What they often forget is that Che looked up to Stalin as a hero. The following quotes are from things Che wrote, mostly in letters. The following quote is from a letter Che wrote to his Aunt Beatriz describing what he had seen in Guatemala. “Along the way, I had the opportunity to pass through the dominions of the United Fruit, convincing me once again of just how terrible these capitalist octopuses are. I have sworn before a picture of the old and mourned comrade Stalin that I won’t rest until I see these capitalist octopuses annihilated.” Towards the end of 1960, Che insisted on putting a floral tribute at Stalin’s tomb, though against the advice of the Cuban ambassador to the ambassador. At the time, the process of de-Stalinisation, lead by the revisionist Khrushchev, was already 4 years in progress. The next quote is from years after his stay at Guatemala, laying down that he is still a firm believer in Stalin’s works. “In the so called mistakes of Stalin lies the difference between a revolutionary attitude and a revisionist attitude. You have to look at Stalin in the historical context in which he moves, you don’t have to look at him as some kind of brute, but in that particular historical context. I have come to communism because of daddy Stalin and nobody must come and tell me that I mustn’t read Stalin.” In a letter sent to Armando Hart Dávalos, Che would call Stalin “a great marxist.” “It would be necessary to publish the complete works of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin [underlined by Che in the original] and other great Marxists.” In conclusion, Che Guevara was a very large admirer of Stalin, even to go and call him “daddy,” in a father figure sort of way. The letters he sent regarding Stalin show him completely in a positive light.