By Anna McWilliams
The Iron Curtain used to be noticeable because the divider among East and West in chilly battle Europe. The time period refers to a cloth fact however it is additionally a metaphor; a metaphor that has turn into so robust that it has a tendency to mark our historic realizing of the interval. during the archaeological examine of 3 components that may be thought of a part of the previous Iron Curtain, the Czech-Austrian border, the Italian-Slovenian border and the Berlin Wall, this study investigates the connection among the cloth and the metaphor of the Iron Curtain.
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The Berlin Wall was a frequent backdrop to political speeches throughout its existence such as Ronald Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in June 1987 in which he declared “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” (cited in Bruner 1989:324) (Figure 1). Even though John F. Kennedy’s speech held in June 1963 was held at the Berlin’s City Hall and not at the wall itself, it was very much present in his words. S. president standing on a platform looking into the East were reported in the press throughout the Western World.
Two large photos have also been placed on either side of the former border, a picture of an American soldier looking into former East Berlin and an East German border guard looking back from the other side. The line of the border, as in most part of the inner city, is marked along the ground with a cobbled line. Located here is also the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, something I will return to later in this chapter. I’m standing outside Friedrichstraße Station. People are rushing past, all with a purpose and a place to be.
These more slender types of towers had much less room inside them and were used strictly for border guards to monitor the border fortifications and the control strip. 53 AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE IRON CURTAIN Figure 6: New residential buildings have grown up around the command post at Kieler Eck formerly located within the death strip. The tower has been given protection status and has therefore been left in its original place. Photo: Anna McWilliams. Figure 7: Command post at Schlesischer Busch. In the background is the former death strip which has been converted into a park.