I have taught International Law and International Relations all over the World. I have lived and visited every country of the Eastern Bloc. I still lecture in the USA and Russia. So I also have a vast experience of living and talking to people of this era. The series is incredible and eye opening and is based on truth, that today is hard to believe, unless you experienced it yourself...as I saw when the Wall came down.
The DVD is 3 hours long and has 3 documentaries looking separately at Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania. Each programme examines the different experiences of people from all strata of the given society and what happened in each of the countries from the inception of communist rule. It is the real life stories, incredible film from the actual era, plus the historical context explained by the narrator with the brilliant editing, that makes this DVD so good. I actually use it in my American classes to try and show the current student what life was like behind the Iron Curtain.
It is a brilliant teaching aid and enthralling documentary that anyone with an interest in this era of history or subject matter will find fascinating.