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Today in 1945 – The Yalta Conference Begins

4. February 2010 by Admin 0 Comments

Starting on February 4, 1945, the Yalta Conference was the second of three WWII wartime meetings between the heads of government of the Allied Powers: the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. With Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin representing the nations respectively, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss Europe’s post-war reorganization and to affirm their commitment to the total surrender of the Nazis in Germany.

The conference took place in the Livadia Palance near Yalta, Crimea. Key points of the meeting included how to split Germany into four occupied zones, demilitarizing and denazifying Germany, creating a reparations council based in Russia and the fate of former Soviet states, Poland and Yugoslavia. Also, Stalin agreed to enter the conflict in the Pacific in 90 days after the defeat of Germany, if the Japanese had not been defeated.