Perón Is Dead, but Not Resting: Paternity Suit Is Pending

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Argentines simply will not let Gen. Juan Domingo Perón rest in peace. He died in 1974 and is buried at a family crypt here, but a battle over his remains has broken out between his ideological heirs, who want to move his body to a mausoleum, and a woman who claims to be his daughter and wants a DNA test conducted first.

The leaders of the Peronist movement and the labor unions affiliated with it have announced two days of ceremonies to transfer the general’s remains, ending Oct. 17, the anniversary of the populist uprising that carried him to power in 1945. Some have even threatened to defy the court should they be stymied there, where the struggle now rages.

In 2004, Peronist leaders began building the $1.3 million mausoleum for their leader at San Vicente, a 47-acre retreat in suburban Buenos Aires Province that the general and his second wife, Evita, acquired in 1946. A museum honoring the couple now occupies the property, which Perón always said was the site of some of his happiest memories.

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