"È difficile ridurre all’obbedienza chi non ama comandare". Haydee Tamara Bunke Bider, better known as "Tania" or "Tania la Guerrillera," was an internationalist who joined the Cuban revolutionary movement and later took part in the unfortunate guerrilla expedition to Bolivia called Operation Ghost. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 19, 1937, the daughter of Erich Bunke and Nadia Bider. Her father had been a member of the Communist Party of Germany since 1928 and her mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry. They fled Nazi Germany in 1935 to avoid persecution and eventually settled in Argentina, where they immediately joined the Argentine Communist Party. In 1952, they returned, to help build socialism in the then newly-founded German Democratic Republic, in the Eastern part of Germany. They settled in Stalinstadt, later renamed Eisenhüttenstadt, where her father continued working as a teacher. From a very young age, Tania became involved in communist activities in Argentina and East Germany. Her work as a Spanish translator for Latin American leaders visiting East Germany on behalf of the international relations department of the Free German Youth (the Communist Party youth organisation) enabled her to gain firsthand knowledge of political events occurring in Latin America. After meeting Che Guevara in Leipzig in December 1960, Tania moved to Cuba where she participated in the Cuban Literacy Campaign, among other revolutionary efforts, working for the Ministry of Education, the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, and the Federation of Cuban Women. In 1964, she was selected to participate in Che's Bolivia campaign. Her loyalty to the struggle was unwavering despite having to cut almost all ties with her friends and family in order to safely complete her mission. After working clandestinely for over two years in La Paz, Bolivia, and then fighting in the ranks of the Ejército de Liberación Nacional de Bolivia (ELN), Tania was machine-gunned to death in an ambush at Puerto Mauricio on the banks of the Rio Grande by members of the CIA-backed Bolivian army on August 31, 1967. Tania and the rest of her comrades were secretly buried in unmarked graves by the Bolivian military. After a long campaign by the Cuban government, their remains were eventually taken to Cuba for burial in 1998. In East Germany, many collectives, youth brigades, schools and kindergartens bore the name of Tania. But in reunified Germany, her name fell prey to public oblivion.