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.




At the Yalta Conference in 1945, it was decided between the Allies that a coalition government should lead Poland until free elections could be held. The members of the provisional government were the Polish government-in-exile, the Home Army (the biggest partisan movement during war time) and the Communist Polish Workers Party. After the war, Polish territory was under the control of the Soviet Army.


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