¿Esperanza was Traven's Daughter?

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

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Henry Schnautz on motorcycle 1947
Henry Schnautz (1947)
Esperanza Lopez Mateos at airport with books 1946
Esperanza Lopez Mateos (1946) photo by Henry Schnautz

The Last Word
I have had this website online 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.

The website was developed 100% on a computer monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution. I never even looked at them on a cellphone until recently. I am in the process of rewriting and recoding up to std HTML5 making all pages readable on phone or desktop. More than 200 pages and every single one used tables as a layout tool so it will be a while. I am working on translations too. The existing site organization is to read to the end of the page then hit the back button to go back to the index.

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 the jungle and politics from Mexico. 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 - probably.

Translator and business agent of B. Traven, cousin and sister-in-law to filmmaker Gabriel Figueroa, mountain climber, stenographer for Vicente Lombardo Toledano, sister to the president of Mexico (1958-1964), - an unforgettable woman for several men.

Photos of Esperanza taken by Henry 1941-1948

The man from Indiana who went to Mexico in 1940 to be a bodyguard for Leon Trotsky

Photos by Henry Schnautz - 1940-1946

La Carta y el Recuerdo - new formatting
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.

La Carta y el Recuerdo - Spanish

La Carta y el Recuerdo - English

La Carta y el Recuerdo - Original Photos - One page view - phone readable

La Carta y el Recuerdo - Original Photos - Two page view - desktop readable

Connections in La Carta

La Voz de Esperanza
- Henry and Esperanza walk into a recording studio, Feb 13-1942

Esperanza Activism
was Esperanza a communist working for an anarchist dating a Trotskyist?

Liga Pro Cultura Alemana en Mexico
Heinrich Gutmann founded Editorial Masas in 1937 and Liga Pro Cultura Alemana in early 1938. Esperanza worked for both organizations and for the Ministry of Education, which was far 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.

Editorial Masas catalog

Editorial Cima and Ediciones Insignia - pirate publishers

Climb up Popocatepetl - Dec 7, 1941 - New Format - Esperanza takes Henry along on a club trip up the mountain, and Henry takes a camera.

San Andres Tuxtla 1946 - New Format - Enjoy a day on a hunting trip in the jungle near San Andrés Tuxtla in 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.

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.

Esperanza Ancestry Records - In late October 2015 Ancestry dot com announced the addition of millions of new Mexico records on-line. - the Satisfying Conclusion?

Gabriel Figueroa - Memorias 2005 - Book

Gabriel Figueroa - Todo Mexico - Interview with Elena Poniatowska

Trotsky Guard 1940-1943 - Hank Schnautz was a guard for Leon Trotsky at his compound in Mexico City starting five weeks before his assassination.

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.

1940-1943 letter archive

1943 letter archive

World War 2 - Nuremberg 1945 - HS in the Army in Europe from 1943-1946

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

Ship Stoker

Otto Griebel
Ship Stoker 1920
German artist contemporary with Marut


Henry Schnautz House


Mexico 1940-1946

Nuremberg 1945


The Wealth of Nations - war waste

Photos 1947 and later

Trotsky Compound 1940-42

Traven Books - cheap books, short descriptions

Traven Links

Traven Mystery? What Mystery?

The other man and Frans Blom as possible B. Traven

old stuff I am not ready to throw away

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