The Potsdam Conference was a meeting of representatives of the victorious Allies of World War II from July 17 to August 2, 1945. It took place at the Cecilienhof, the former home of Crown Prince Wilhelm Hohenzollern, in Potsdam, outside ruined Berlin, in the Soviet Zone of occupation.
The participants were the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The three nations were represented by General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Harry S. Truman, and their foreign ministers. Following the victory of the socialists in the United Kingdom's 1945 General Election, Atlee replaced Churchill as Prime Minister.
It was a conference only, and therefore ended with the issuing of a Protocol of "understanding" subject to a future Peace Conference.