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Excerpts from the Report on the Potsdam Conference (Potsdam Agreement) (August 2, 1945)

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Since the influx of a large number of Germans into Germany would increase the burden already resting on the occupying authorities, they consider that the Allied Control Council in Germany should in the first instance examine the problem with special regard to the question of the equitable distribution of these Germans among the several zones of occupation. They are accordingly instructing their respective representatives on the Control Council to report to their Governments as soon as possible the extent to which such persons have already entered Germany from Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, and to submit an estimate of the time and rate at which further transfers could be carried out, having regard to the present situation in Germany.

The Czechoslovak Government, the Polish Provisional Government and the Control Council in Hungary are at the same time being informed of the above, and are being requested meanwhile to suspend further expulsions pending the examination by the Governments concerned of the report from their representatives on the Control Council.

[ . . . ]

J. V. Stalin
Harry S. Truman
C. R. Attlee

Source: Extracts from the Report on the Tripartite Conference of Berlin (Potsdam) (August 2, 1945), Official Gazette of the Control Council for Germany, Supplement 1, p. 13; reprinted in Beata Ruhm von Oppen, ed., Documents on Germany under Occupation, 1945-1954. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1955, pp. 40-50.

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