The Iron Curtain

The iron Curtain symbolised the ideological conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe in two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War 1991. The term symbolised efforts by Soviet Union to block itself and its satellite states from open contact with west and non-Soviet-controlled areas. On the east side of the Iron Curtain were the countries that were connected to or influenced by the Soviet Union.