Friday, February 1, 2013 | Categories: Episodes |
A detail from the cover of "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956" by Anne Applebaum
In 1945, at the end of World War II, an Iron Curtain rolled over Eastern Europe. Stalin, his allies and the secret police set out to seize control over a dozen countries and turn them into communist states. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy speaks with journalist and author Anne Applebaum about the harrowing story of how millions became imprisoned and how their daily lives were brutally crushed.