Guillermo Patricio Kelly

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Guillermo Patricio Kelly

Guillermo Patricio Kelly (b. Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1922 - d. Buenos Aires, July 1, 2005) was a politician and activist, the leader of the Nationalist Liberation Alliance (ALN) of Argentina from 1953 to 1955.[1] He led the party to drop its former anti-semitism. Arrested after the military coup in 1955, Kelly escaped and fled the country. He later returned to Argentina and became active again in left-wing politics.

On 24 August 1983, Kelly was kidnapped and "disappeared". Anibal Gordon, a suspected member of Triple A, a right-wing death squad founded in 1973 by the Peron government, was charged with Kelly's kidnapping and in 1985 convicted of three other murders.

Leader of the ALN[edit]

Kelly sought to move the ALN from its antisemitic past. He met with Israel's ambassador to Argentina, Dr. Arie Kubovy, and told him that the ALN had forsworn anti-semitism.[2] In 1954, anti-semitism was dropped from the party platform.[3]

Kelly was arrested for having used a forged passport after the 1955 anti-Perónist Revolución Libertadora, a coup d'état by the military. He escaped and fled the country in 1957. Kelly later turned to left-wing radicalism.[4]

He returned to the country. On 24 August 1983, Kelly was kidnapped and "disappeared". Anibal Gordon, a suspected member of Triple A, a right-wing death squad founded in 1973 by the Peron government, was charged in 1984 with Kelly's kidnapping and in 1985 convicted of three other murders during the early 1970s.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alberto Ciria. Partidos y poder en la Argentina moderna (1930-1946). English translation. Albany, New York, USA: State University of New York, 1974. Pp. 68.
  2. ^ Benno Varon. Professions of a Lucky Jew, Cranbury, New Jersey; London;, Ontario, Canada: Cornwall Books, 1992. p. 206
  3. ^ Raanan Rein. Argentina, Israel, and the Jews: Perón, the Eichmann Capture and After, University Press of Maryland, 2003. Pp. 68.
  4. ^ Swiss Review of World Affairs , Volumes 25-28. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1975. p. 8.
  5. ^ “Quién fue Aníbal Gordon” (Who was Anibal Gordon?), article in Clarin, 14 October 1999 (Spanish)