Q&A with Anne Applebaum

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum talked about her book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956. She used newly… read more

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum talked about her book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956. She used newly opened archives and conducted interviews to examine the effects of communist totalitarianism on East Germany, Poland, and Hungary from the end of World War II to the 1956 uprisings following Stalin’s death. She explained how the Soviets created institutions such as the secret police to undermine civil society and increase party control and used propaganda to shape popular opinion and reinforce communist ideology. She contrasted this with the frustration that communist leaders expressed behind closed doors when their economic and societal reforms did not achieve expected results. She also shared her own experiences in the region. She lives in London and Warsaw. Video clips included Churchill’s “iron curtain” speech, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the “Song of the Party,” and her husband, Radek Sikorski, the current foreign minister of Poland. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Dec 16, 2012
Last Aired:
Sep 2, 2014

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  • Dec 16, 2012 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 16, 2012 | 9:19pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 16, 2012 | 11:00pm EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 16, 2012 | 11:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 17, 2012 | 5:00am EST | C-SPAN RADIO
  • Dec 17, 2012 | 5:59am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Dec 17, 2012 | 8:34pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Sep 02, 2014 | 7:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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