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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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1989: The East German government lifted the Iron Curtain to allow free travel through the Berlin Wall.
The author, who grew up in postwar, Cold War--era Czechoslovakia, shares his experience as the Iron Curtain slowly gave way to signs of Western culture--which was then brought to an end by Soviet tanks.
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CBS' miniseries, beginning Sunday and ending on Wednesday, devotes far more care in demonstrating how Wojtyla responded when Communists took control of Poland after World War II and tried to clamp down on its religious freedoms, and how, as pope, he was a burr in the Communist leaders' backsides until the Iron Curtain finally fell.
Paradoxically, while most professional Polish films have aged badly, aside from a few that remain "cult movies" such as Krzysztof Kieslowski's Camera Buff (1979), the technically limited efforts of amateurs may be gaining new relevance as Poland embraces democracy and a free-market economy: The films are unique and eccentric but also authentic--artistic expressions from the time when the country was isolated from the West by the Iron Curtain.
giving a new start to the reunited continent sit weeks after the bloc's enlargement across the former Iron Curtain.
In any event, societal collapses after the fall of the Iron Curtain, bringing about tragically high unemployment and crushing poverty, mean that no work is available anyway.
Meanwhile, an interview with another State Department spy--Noel Field, who fled behind the Iron Curtain when he fell under suspicion in 1949--was discovered in the archives of the Hungarian security police.
Once they had secured the backing of the National Security Council, Leebaert observes, "Kennan and friends cobbled together a variety of catastrophic paramilitary operations" behind the rapidly descending Iron Curtain.
In its selections and juxtapositions, and as a record of the design and construction of these significant European cities, the exhibition gives form to ideas by using inspired loans from international collections and revealing archival material previously obscured by wars and concealed by an Iron Curtain.