The Yalta Conference's Implications for the Future

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

At Yalta in 1945, the Big Three formalized plans for occupation zones in Germany. Stalin, above right, also agreed to join the U.N..

No doubt about it—the Russians were changing. At Yalta, as at earlier conferences, Stalin and other Soviet bigwigs shed a little more of their personal isolation.

Stalin mugged the cameras, patently loved to show off his fine grey uniforms. His stock of English phrases had grown: "So what?" and "You said it" had been added to "The toilet is over there!" and "What the hell goes on here?" Now one of his problems is the ingrained aloofness of Politburo men and others in the Soviet hierarchy who feel that Russia is having too...

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