Category: Potsdam Conference

Potsdam Conference 1945: Day-By-Day

This month we take a look back at the Potsdam Conference.  Seventeen days in the summer of 1945 that would change the course of human history forever. This would be the first, and last time, that US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin would meet. Allies united in the defeat of a common enemy. The Big Three would gather in the former royal residence of Cecilienhof in Potsdam from July 17th until August 2nd to decide the fate of Europe and set the stage for the coming Cold War.  (Special thanks to Jim McDonough of the Berlin Guides Association for expertly compiling this account of the proceedings) Day 1 of the Potsdam Conference: Tuesday, July 17, 1945 at Potsdam, Germany "The Big Three" at the start of the Potsdam Conference: Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman, and Winston Churchill Shortly after the Unconditional Surrender…