Daily Life behind the Iron Curtain, 1st Edition

  • Jim Willis Azusa Pacific University
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  • ISBN-10: 0313397635
  • ISBN-13: 9780313397639
  • DDC: 947.0009
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 246 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Part of Greenwood's Daily Life through History series, Daily Life behind the Iron Curtain enables today's generations to understand what it was like for those living in Eastern Europe during the Cold War, particularly the period from 1961 to 1989, the era during which these people-East Germans in particular-lived in the imposing shadow of the Berlin Wall.

An introductory chapter discusses the Russian Revolution, the end of World War II, and the establishment of the Socialist state, clarifying the reasons for the construction of the Berlin Wall. Many historical anecdotes bring these past experiences to life, covering all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, including separation of families and the effects on family life, diet, rationing, media, clothing and trends, strict travel restrictions, defection attempts, and the evolving political climate. The final chapter describes Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin wall and the slow assimilation of East into West, and examines Europe after Communism.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface: From War to Oppression... Then Hope.
1: Eastern Europe under Communism.
2: The Countries of Eastern Europe.
3: Communism Takes Root.
4: Summary.
5: The Rise of Communism, Fascism, and Nazism.
6: The Rise of Communism.
7: An American Dalliance.
8: Different Interpretations.
9: The Russian Revolution.
10: The Rise of Fascism.
11: The Rise of Nazi Germany.
12: Summary.
13: The Berlin Wall Goes Up.
14: The Partitioning of Germany and Berlin.
15: Hunger and the Marshall Plan.
16: Occupation Forces.
17: The FRG and GDR.
18: The Berlin Wall.
19: Berliners Awake to a Nightmare.
20: Barbed Wire Sunday.
21: The Monster.
22: Seven Years Later.
23: Students Describe Their Lives.
24: What West Berliners Thought.
25: Nothing Lasts Forever.
26: The Rules of the Iron Curtain.
27: Who could Cross and How.
28: The Shadow of the Stasi.
29: The Case of Ulrike Poppe.
30: The Stasi’s Evolution.
31: How the Stasi got Informants.
32: Why East Germans Informed.
33: Department 20.
34: “Shoot-to-Kill” Order.
35: Families and Friends Cut off.
36: Daily Living Conditions.
37: A View of Hungary.
38: A View of Russia.
39: An Ardent Anti-Communist.
40: Indoctrinating the Young.
41: Communism and Religion.
42: Summary.
43: Many Resist and Pay the Price.
44: Resistance Widespread.
45: Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel.
46: Secret Stasi Files Opened.
47: Justice Undone.
48: Satisfaction Short-Lived for Some.
49: How the Stasi Worked.
50: Barbel Bohley.
51: Werner Fischer.
52: Vera Wollenberger.
53: Genocide in the Baltics.
54: Hungarian Dissidents Pay the Price.
55: Religious Dissidents.
56: Lech Walesa.
57: Vaclav Havel.
58: “We’re Getting Out of here!”: Escape Attempts from the East.
59: The Barrier-Breakers.
60: Who were the Escapees?.
61: When did They Escape?.
62: Not a Typical Model Plane.
63: By Boat, Train, or Cable.
64: Love Conquers Wall.
65: A Welding Machine and Submarine.
66: Digging to Freedom.
67: Some Plans were Simple.
68: The “Southern Route”.
69: Not All Attempts Worked.
70: Peter Fechter.
71: Siegfried Noffke.
72: Summary.
73: Depictions of European Communism in Movies.
74: The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen).
75: Goodbye Lenin.
76: Sunshine.
77: Night Crossing.
78: Reds.
79: Dr. Zhivago.
80: The Spy who Came in from the Cold.
81: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
82: One, Two, Three.
83: Dr. Strangelove.
84: The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming.
85: Other Films.
86: Summary.
87: The News Media’s Role under Communism.
88: The Media and National Development.
89: The Soviet Communist Press Theory.
90: The Soviet Constitution and Press Freedom.
91: Iva Drapalova.
92: The Marton Family.
93: Soviet Journalists.
94: The Final Years of European Communism.
95: The Reforms of Gorbachev.
96: Problems Increase.
97: Inspiration Spreads to Poland.
98: Shock Waves in the GDR.
99: All Eyes on the Wall.
100: Joining Hands with Artists.
101: Reagan and Gorbachev.
102: CIA Assessments.
103: A Concern about a Breakup.
104: The Cold War Era Ends.
105: November 9, 1989: The Night of the Mauerfall.
106: A Look at that Day.
107: Demonstrations Pave the Way.
108: The November 4 Demonstration.
109: Confusion at the Highest Level.
110: Schabowski Recalls that Night.
111: The Guard who Raised the Barrier.
112: On the Other Side of the Wall.
113: Two Days Later: A Personal Account.
114: Russia and Germany after the Wall.
115: A New Russia Unfolds.
116: Russia and Capitalism.
117: Russia now Courting the World.
118: Celebrating the Fall of the Wall.
119: Twentieth Anniversary Even Greater.
120: A Party for the World.
121: Return to Normalcy.
122: German Reunification.
123: Is Germany Really Reunited?.
124: German Unity Day.
125: Berlin Today.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jim Willis

Jim Willis is a veteran journalist for The Oklahoman and The Dallas Morning News and is now Chair and Professor of Communication Studies at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. His reporting assignments have included the Oklahoma City bombing, the F5 tornado that struck Oklahoma City, and the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has taught at the universities of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Memphis, and chaired the Communication Department at Boston College. He has authored ten books on journalists and the media, and he lectures widely in Europe on the American news media. He holds the Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri and the B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has two sons and three stepdaughters.