Tuesday, November 04, 2003[posted by jaed at 3:22 PM]
Iron Curtain, redux
A while ago, I noted the use of "Iron Curtain" in the recently-released transcript of a 1945 talk by John Foster Dulles, and asked whether this was the original use. Marten Barck (of the indispensable Watch) tells me:
The first time the phrase is mentioned in Martin Gilbert (Churchill - A Life )is in a telegram from Churchill to Truman on May 12 1945: "An iron curtain is drawn upon their front." Of course, the historical version was on March 4 1946.