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Yalta Conference

Yalta, Soviet Union, February 4–11, 1945. With the defeat of Germany in sight, Winston S. Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin met at Yalta in the Soviet Union to discuss the postwar order in Europe. This footage shows delegates arriving and scenes from the conference. —National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

Transcript

Under three flags at a nearby airfield, Russian officials headed by Foreign Secretary Molotov await the arrival of the British and American delegation. Anthony Eden, British foreign minister. [music] Edward Stettinius, United States secretary of state. [music] Harry Hopkins, adviser to President Roosevelt, with Averell Harriman, United States ambassador to Russia. [music] And Winston Churchill, prime minister of Britain. [music] Also arriving by plane after a six-thousand-mile trip is Franklin D. Roosevelt, president of the United States. Marshal Joseph Stalin, premier of the Soviet Union. At the time of the first three nation-conference, at Teheran, fourteen months ago, the ground over which Stalin now walks was still in the enemy’s hands. [music] The three parties reach a firm accord on military and political points. Coordinated plans are made for great new blows against Germany from all directions. Reaffirming the resolve of the united nations to cooperate fully after the war, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin reach agreement on the foundations of European peace. Germany shall be disarmed; German militarism and Nazism will be destroyed; Germany shall be occupied in zones, with France a major participant; an organization for world security will be permanently established. The three leaders reaffirm their faith in the principles of the Atlantic Charter.

February 4, 1945

February 4–11, 1945: Winston S. Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta in the Soviet Union to discuss the postwar order in Europe. They agree on the complete denazification of Germany and the division of the country into zones of occupation. The Soviet Union affirms that it will join the war against Japan.