Travel Guide. Traces of the Cold War

The Countries around the Baltic Sea

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This travel guide describes selected important historical relics,sites and museums in the Baltic Sea region telling the history ofthe Cold War period. There is public access to nearly all the sitesincluded in the book. It covers places such as missile bases, large artillery batteries,secret police prisons, closed military towns, partisan bunkers,execution and burial sites, nuclear bunker complexes, secretprinting houses, former Soviet sculptures and architecture alongwith many of the sites where important events took place, such asdemonstrations, freedom struggles etc. The museums described recount the histories of the Berlin Wall,the military build-up in both East and West, the military crises,the terror of Stalin and the Communist secret police, the armedand unarmed resistance in former Soviet countries and its satellitestates, the deportations of slave labourers to remote parts ofthe Soviet Union, the deportations to the GULAG camps and thestruggles for freedom from Communist regimes in Estonia, Latvia,Lithuania, Poland, East Germany and Russia.




When I was a boy, I went on holiday with my parents and older brother to Harzen. I shall never forget the view of the Brocken Mountain. We could not actually visit it, because of the Iron Curtain. In the evening we stood quietly, close to the border, looking at the darkness beyond. There seemed to be no people there. It was frightening.


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