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iron curtain

1. (usually capitalized) The geographical border and military, political, and ideological barrier established and enforced by the Soviet Union that separated the countries of the Soviet bloc from the rest of Europe from 1945 to 1990. My great-grandfather used to live in East Germany before the Iron Curtain fell, back when the Soviet Union controlled every aspect of day-to-day life.
2. By extension, any barrier that excludes or prevents the free exchange of ideas, information, or communication from or between certain groups. Even though our company is a subsidiary, there seems to exist an iron curtain between our staff and the management of the larger corporation. For all our righteous calls for free speech and freedom of the press, it's important to remember that America had an iron curtain of its own during the Cold War, when even the slightest association with the Communist party was enough to get you blacklisted for life.
See also: curtain, iron

an iron curtain

an impenetrable barrier, especially the Iron Curtain , the physical and other barriers preventing the passage of people and information between the Soviet bloc and the West during the cold war.
In the late 18th century, an iron curtain was literally a fire curtain in a theatre, but the figurative sense was in use from the early 19th century, well before Winston Churchill observed in a speech in March 1946 that ‘an iron curtain has descended across the Continent [of Europe]’.
See also: curtain, iron
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Despite these shortcomings, this book offers a broad and revealing look at the Iron Curtain and the Cold War.
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Perhaps most fundamentally, the conditions of the Middle East today are vastly different from those behind the Iron Curtain in 1989.
As you approach, it seems to be just a wall, part of the Iron Curtain.
Sailing between the rocky pine-clad islands of Stockholm's archipelago on my way to Tallinn, Estonia's capital, I was reminded strongly of my first trip in 1990, as the Iron Curtain began to crumble.
Before they [the Japanese] go to Sakhalin, many have an image of Russia and Russians that was created in the days of the iron curtain," adds Morikawa.
ENI)--More than a decade after the dismantling of the Iron Curtain, new divisions may be opening up between eastern and western Europe, a senior European church official warned.
Also in the American delegation were Soviet agents Victor Perlo -- KGB codename RAIDER -- and Noel Field, who eventually took refuge behind the Iron Curtain.
Finley says what they discovered in places such as Magdeburg, Dresden and the Elbe-Elster region was a highly educated populace left over from the Soviet regime, a virtual treasure trove of physicists and engineers thrown out of work from the military-industrial complex after the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
Even though the Iron Curtain was supposed to have been dismantled along with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, it is clearly still in place for Eastern European gays.
Recruitment of agents to parachute behind the Iron Curtain, their training, and logistical support became the secret mission assigned to a creative and energetic New York lawyer and World War II intelligence veteran named Frank G.
Reinforcing a recurring theme in many of the essays, Albers and Panzig discover that their subject requires not just comparative but integrated treatment: both states self-consciously contrasted their agricultural practices, and women's place in them, with those on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
The novel was a commercial failure in the United States - enthusiastically reviewed by the left-wing press and republished in translations, especially in countries behind the Iron Curtain, but ignored or denounced as a communist propaganda tract by the mainstream press.
Stolichnaya's Cristall, the first Russian super premium to step from behind the Iron Curtain in the 80s, is a highly refined vodka with a mist of pure and elegant flavor.
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