Short stories and speeches
"The Tree of War" by Tanya Datta
The story takes place in England and references the nuclear threat that was felt by English citizens. During the 1980s, while Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States, the relationship with the Soviet Union changed for the worse, while the threat of nuclear war scared citizens.
"Gravel" by Alice Munro
The story takes place during the Cold War. The period of time depicted in the story corresponds to the final stage of the Cold War, when massive anti-nuclear protests were taking place worldwide.
"Ich bin ein Berliner" by John F. Kennedy
The US President’s speech from 1963 is a reaction to the construction of the Berlin Wall, and it represents a promise by the US to support and protect West Berlin. Kennedy’s speech is a provocative address towards the Soviet Union and the communist system, which he thinks must be condemned and should not be present in Germany.
Below are further suggestions for texts or movies that may be relevant when working with the Cold War.