“THE IRON CURTAIN” SPEECH OF WINSTON CHURCHILL
The Stars and Stripes
Nurnberg, Bavaria, West Germany
March 6, 1946
In a 45-minute address before the Westminster (Missouri) College faculty, as a guest of President Truman, Churchill said Russia constituted “a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization”and called fro a virtual United States/British military alliance to prevent a third world war. He voiced a grim warning that “Communist fifth columnists” are at work under supervision of Moscow in most of the world. The report continues on page 8 under the subhead: “Iron Curtain Descends.” The great statesman and author then said, “From Stettin on the Baltic to Trieste on the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” This was the first use of the famous phrase describing the former free nations and capitals of Eastern Europe that were now under Soviet domination.
The issue also contains an amazing photograph of Japanese Emperor Hirohito dressed in Western style visiting a housing project for bombing victims of the deadly American raids on Japan during World War II. Another headline and story talks about a British atomic expert, Dr. Alan Nunn, who was found giving secret atomic energy information to an unidentified person.
Stars and Stripes was the great and widely-read service newspaper of World War II (and WWI). This one is 8 pages in length, pages separated cleanly at the spine as was sometimes normal, and in nice condition. A most historic issue–the warning from Truman was quite correct. The Berlin Wall didn’t fall until 1989.