Most of us reading on the blue lived through at least a portion of it. Forty-plus years of tension between the world's two superpowers and their allies. That's right: The Cold War.
Then, they made a documentary
. Aired on CNN in 1998, and never released on DVD,
the 24 episode, 20 hour series features tons of archival footage, along with many interviews with individuals directly involved at some of the highest levels.
You might not be able to see it on DVD, but you can watch the full series on Youtube, starting with Part 1: Comrades (1917-1945).
posted by symbioid
on Mar 27, 2012 -
Atlas Obscura provides a Guide to Communist Mummies
, and there's plenty more online. Visit Lenin's Mausoleum
, where he has been kept since 1924, defying his wishes to be buried next to his mother in St. Petersburg
. He wasn't alone forever, as Stalin's body was kept in the mausoleum after his death in 1953
, until his body was quietly removed in October, 1961
. Just under eight years later, Hồ Chí Minh died
, and against his wishes to be cremated, a very large state funeral was held
and Uncle Ho's embalmed remains were placed in a mausoleum
. Chairman Mao Zedong made A Proposal that all Central Leaders be Cremated after Death
in 1956, but his wishes were overlooked when he died in 1976
, and he joined the growing ranks of the preserved communist leaders in his own crystal casket, housed in a grand mausoleum
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 21, 2011 -
Dead Road - Museum of Communism in the Open
. "It was one of the most ambitious projects of the Stalin era, known as the 'railway of bones'
. At least 10 people a day died during the four years of its construction [actually 1947-1953], but unlike most of Uncle Joe's grand designs it was never completed and now sits unfinished in the tundra, an icy road to nowhere." The transpolar railway
was built by labour camps^
501 and 503 and construction was stopped after the amnesty following Stalin's death in 1953; 800km, about half, was built. Some sections are currently in operation, but much is abandoned: depot and locomotives in Dolgoe
, Dolgoe itself
, labour camps
, more spectacular decay
. (Previously: Norilsk
, which was supposed to see an extension of the line.)
posted by parudox
on Aug 27, 2007 -