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Potsdam Conference (July 17-August 2, 1945)
The Potsdam Conference defined the framework for the Allied occupation of Germany. Not an actual legal agreement, the summation of the protocols of the conference is known as the Potsdam Agreement. The central points were the so-called four D's: denazification, democratization, demilitarization, and decartelization. Present in the garden of the Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam are (from left): the new British prime minister Clement Attlee, U.S. president Harry Truman, and the Soviet state and party leader Joseph Stalin. Photographer unknown.