Sunday, March 4, 2012

Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech

Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address of 5 March 1946, at Westminster College, used the term "iron curtain" in the context of Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe:
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an "iron curtain" has descended across the continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow. (Wikipedia)










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2 comments:

  1. I hate to be a nitpicker, but Vienna was never behind the iron curtain. Vienna is in Austria and I believe the Allies occupied and the Soviets didn't get a piece of it.

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