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Watch: OneShot — Yalta, The Conference That Reshaped The World

A closer look at the iconic photo of the three Allied leaders gathered to bring an end to World War II, and shape the map of the coming Cold War.

Detail of Yalta Conference photograph
Detail of Yalta Conference photograph
National Archives UK

It was exactly 75 years ago, when Yalta — a seaside resort on Russia's Black Sea Crimean coast — became the scene of a memorable summit between the "Big Three" Allied leaders: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. Held between Feb. 4-11, 1945, the conference helped devise the final strategy of the war against Nazi Germany and Japan.

Ultimately, the summit would find a controversial place in 20th-century history, when the World War II "allies of convenience" drew the lines of Europe's future map, which became the effective borders of the Cold War world.

OneShot looks back at this historic moment:

The Yalta Conference © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


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