Often the key to a more complete understanding of past events, the maps presented in this section show the geographic relationships that contributed to the events documented in the RED FILES.
On March 5, 1946, in describing the recent appearance of economic, social, and military barriers between Eastern and Western Europe, Winston Churchill said in Fulton in the United States, that "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent." This vivid metaphor caught the public imagination, and phrases such as "behind the Iron Curtain" remained in widespread use right up until the collapse of Communism. The Europan countries which were considered to be "behind the Iron Curtain" included: Poland, Estearn Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania and the Soviet Union. From North Korea to Cuba more countries were separated from the West in the same sense.