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The Yalta Conference, also known as the Crimean Conference, was held from February 4-11, 1945, in a Russian resort town.  Attending the conference were U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.   The "Big Three" discussed Germany's eventual surrender, the postwar governing of Germany and Poland, and the conditions in which Stalin would enter the war against Japan and the governing of Manchuria following the Japanese surrender.   Also discussed at the conference was voting procedures with the United Nation's Security Council. 

Image:  USA-C-543:  Yalta Conference, February 1945.  Allied leaders pose in the courtyards of Liviadia Palace, Yalta.  Left to right British Prime Minister Winston Churchiil; U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.