¿Esperanza was Traven's Daughter?

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

All Rights Reserved, All Material Copyright 2008-2022 by Henry Schnautz and Terry Priest


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

Our story to date. This website has been online in more or less the same form since 2008. 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 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.

Esperanza

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


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



San Andres Tuxtla 1946

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.

Climb up Popocatepetl - Dec 7, 1941

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

Esperanza in New York - Photos

- Esperanza spent a month in New York Jan-Feb 1947 and returned the next winter.




Letters 1941 - 1951



Esperanza Ancestry Records

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



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

Pirate publisher



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. "If the censor didn't stick his nose in, he could tell you many things, something that would resemble a poem we both wrote in Cuernavaca.

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



Trotsky Guard 1940-1943

As of Dec 1 2022 this is the only section on the website still in obsolete format not optimized for phone reading

Henry 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 everything they knew about Traven.

Henry Schnautz Paintings


War Scrap Nuremberg 1945


Nuremberg Photos 1945



La Voz de Esperanza

Henry and Esperanza walk into a recording studio, Feb 13, 1942

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.

Gabriel Figueroa - Todo Mexico

Elena Poniatowska interviews the entire Figueroa family

Gabriel Figueroa - Memorias



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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