A shadow has fallen upon the scenes so lately lighted by the Allied victory. From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
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Source Notes: Source: WINSTON CHURCHILL, The Sinews of Peace, address at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, March 5, 1946.Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 18971963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 7, p. 7290 .The term iron curtain was used in this sense as early as 1920, and Churchill had used it earlier in a telegram to President Harry Truman, May 12, 1945: An iron curtain is drawn down upon their front. We do not know what is going on behind.Winston Churchill, Triumph and Tragedy , p. 573 . It was Churchills use of the term in this speech, however, which popularized it.For earlier uses of the phrase see William Safire, Safires Political Dictionary, pp. 33940 , and Bartletts Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 746, no. 9 .The same geographic area figures in No. 1654. See note at No. 394 about this speech.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG OM CH TD FRS PC PC (Can) (30 November 1874 - 24 January 1965) was an English statesman and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Well-known as an orator, strategist, and politician, Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history. He won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for his many books on English and world history. Sir Winston Churchill was voted the greatest-ever Briton in the 2002 BBC poll the 100 Greatest Britons.