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The Cold War was actually a struggle for the hearts and minds of the people. The Danish people were constantly being reminded of the cold war by the political tug of war that took place everywhere. One was confronted with political indoctrination at one’s workplace, at school, university and many other places. 

The political struggle for the hearts and minds already started when they were children. Publications such as “Facts about the Soviet-Union” and ”GDR-revue” were available in many different places. They were produced in the Soviet-Union or the German Democratic Republic respectively and did not contain any form of criticism of the Eastern Bloc, but mainly published positive articles about the situation behind the Iron Curtain.  

The exhibition in bunker 4 informs us about the history of the peace movement, the Danish home guard (hjemmeværnet), the fear of war and life behind the Iron Curtain. Subjects such as sports and the space-race were used by propaganda to demonstrate the superiority of the communist system compared to that in the West. Athletes and cosmonauts were admired as national heroes, who fought their part of the cold war, each in their own special field. The East German shot putter Heidi Krieger paid a very high price for the fact that she served the GDR-system. How high the price was may be seen in the exhibition (or see the following article in the internet: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Krieger >) 

You will also see a number of unique exhibits, which belonged to the author and photographer Jacob Holdt. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Holdt ), who wrote about the struggle for the hearts and minds during the cold war. His little red agenda from the year 1970 shows on a daily basis how little he did to hide his contacts with de soviet KGB-agent Nicolai Gribin. This agenda was found at the commune where he used to live and where it was placed directly next to his telephone, so he could note any telephone calls for appointments to give a lecture about his book “American Pictures”. He also noted when he had made an appointment to see Gribin http://intellit.muskingum.edu/russia_folder/pcw_era/sect_16b.htm

Finally, you will find the history of the voyage of author Niels Barfoed, a Danish priest and author, to Prague and his thoughts during his stay there as well as examples of propaganda art.

 
     
     
   
     
 

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