Quotation by Joseph Goebbels

Should the German people lay down their arms, the Soviets ... would occupy all eastern and south-eastern Europe together with the greater part of the Reich. Over all this territory, which with the Soviet Union included, would be of enormous extent, an iron curtain would at once descend.
Joseph Goebbels (1897–1945), German Nazi leader, Minister of Propaganda. Das Reich (Feb. 23, 1945).

Das Reich was a Nazi propaganda weekly. This is thought to be the first use of the phrase "iron curtain" (ein eiserner Vorhang) in this context.
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