Potsdam Conference

Location: Potsdam, Germany

Source: National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. Harry S. Truman Library

Historical Context

Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and later Clement Attlee and US President Harry Truman gathered in Potsdam, Germany to decide how to administer punishment to the defeated Nazi Germany.

Germany had agreed to unconditional surrender nine weeks earlier, on 8 May.

The goals of the conference also included the establishment of post-war order, peace treaty issues and countering the effects of the war.

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