¿Esperanza was Traven's Daughter?

The Story of Esperanza Lopez Mateos, Henry Schnautz and B.Traven

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Henry Schnautz (1947) Esperanza Lopez Mateos (1946)


The Last Word

I have had this website on line in more or less the same form since 2008, although it grew from that point.The focus from the beginning was to examine the question, Was Esperanza Traven's daughter? It was an open question. New genealogy records and the weight of evidence have definitively shown, Esperanza was not Traven's daughter. So it needs to be rewritten one last time, the hook is bent straight.

I have done a little work on the Trotsky compound photos lately - rescan and show larger.


Esperanza Activism - was Esperanza a communist?

Heinrich Gutmann founded Editorial Masas in 1937. He founded Liga Pro Cultura Alemana in early 1938. Esperanza worked for both and for the Ministry of Education, which was quite left-leaning in Cardenas' administration and supported Liga Pro. Esperanza had a close professional long time association with Lombardo Toledano. Somehow Traven condemns the communazis and hires Esperanza away from them but not away from them.

Liga Pro Cultura Alemana en Mexico
Editorial Masas catalog - I found 8 titles
Editorial Cima and Ediciones Insignia - pirate publishers
A word on translations: sorry - I am an amateur and this is a hobby project. I have very little spanish background. Some of the pages are still in raw form translated by computer. I put good effort into La Carta, but some of the letters need a lot of work.


  Who is B. Traven "Everywhere the building of a prison is the first step in the organization of a civilized state.”

The great writer B. Traven was a mysterious author of the 20s and 30s who wrote stories of life and politics from the Mexican jungle. Very little was known at the time who Traven really was. It has taken 100 years to piece together the story of the mystery man.

  Traven Books - cheap books, short descriptions
    Traven Links
  Esperanza Translator and business agent of B. Traven, sister to the president of Mexico, cousin and sister in law to filmmaker Gabriel Figueroa, mountain climber, stenographer for Vicente Lombardo Toledano - an unforgettable woman for several men.
  Henry The man from Indiana who went to Mexico in 1940 to be a bodyguard for Leon Trotsky
  Mexico Photos by Henry Schnautz - 1940-1946




  La Carta y el Recuerdo

Esperanza wrote a short story in 1943 about a young woman and the death of her friend, an aging writer, a revolutionary, who wanted to think he could get better and make a life with the woman. It may be the truth she couldn't say aloud. 'I wanted you to see it for many reasons,' she told Henry Schnautz.

Connections in La Carta

  you don't know me... In 1992, Henry got a letter from a Traven researcher that started off "You don't know me," that set off an exchange of letters that included Henry's summary of what he knew of the relationship between Traven and Esperanza. Michael Baumann, an author on Traven gets involved, but neither researcher knew what to make of it, as it contradicted virtually everything they knew about Traven.
  Trotsky Guard 1940-1943

Hank Schnautz was a guard for Leon Trotsky at his compound in Mexico City starting five weeks before his assassination.






Climb up Popocatepetl - Dec 7, 1941

Esperanza takes Henry along on a club trip up the mountain, and Henry takes a camera.


Esperanza Studio Photos Esperanza Studio photos and the curious coincidence of Franz Pfemfert
Club de Exploraciones de Mexico Esperanza was a lover of mountain climbing, hiking, cave exploring. Here are a few pictures with her Mexico City companions.
La Voz de Esperanza Henry and Esperanza walk into a recording studio, Feb 13-1942




1940-1943 letter archive
1943 letter archive
World War 2 - Nuremberg 1945 HS in the Army in Europe from 1943-1946
San Andres Tuxtla 1946 After getting out of the army in spring 1946, Henry went to Mexico, met Esperanza in Mexico City, then took a plane to San Andreas Tuxtla. They meet people and go on a hunting trip. Henry has a decent camera and the negatives were well preserved.
1946 letters  
New York trip Jan 1947
New York trip Jan 1948
I will never be able to return to the mountains
Letters 1949-51





Photo Albums
Henry Schnautz House
Mexico 1940-1946
Nuremberg 1945
The Wealth of Nations - war waste
Photos 1947 and later
  Trotsky Compound 1940-42  



  Gabriel Figueroa - Memorias 2005 Book
  Gabriel Figueroa - Todo Mexico Interview with Elena Poniatowska
  Traven Mystery? What Mystery?  
  Esperanza - a Baptism and an ending the Satisfying Conclusion?
  Ancestry records for Esperanza Lopez Mateos In late October 2015 Ancestry dot com announced the addition of millions of new Mexico records on-line.



The other man and Frans Blom as possible B. Traven

old baloney in the back of the refrigerator that needs to be thrown out unless you can find something good. - some of it just needs to be put in a new container.

tx.priest at gmail dot com

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