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How do you take over a country?

November 4, 2012

I spent three weeks this summer in Lidice, Czech Republic, photographing the memorial and meeting with various people, including the Lidice children who survived the tragedy.  During one particular conversation I brought up the Soviet invasion which sparked an emotional response that I had underestimated, anger and resentment were very close to the surface regarding a forty year invasion which ended some twenty years ago, but whose impact is still felt today.

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56 by Anne Applebaum, reviewed here (with some interesting comments on the Communist takeover of youth movements) and here, seeks to explore not only the ferocity of communist repression, but also of the endless series of petty and not-so-petty compromises by which the mass of the population was persuaded to acquiesce in communist rule.  Given that no one under the age of 30 will have any meaningful memories of the Cold War and the Soviet Bloc, Applebaum’s book has already been touted as one of the most important books to be published this year.

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