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Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference

by Richard L. Sarno, distributed by United States Army Signal Corps
ferrotype press print, February 1945
8 1/4 in. x 10 in. (208 mm x 254 mm) overall
Purchased, 2015
Photographs Collection
NPG x199337

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  • 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 74 Read entry

    The Ukranian photographer Yevgeny Khaldei (1917-97) produced press images for the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union that capture some of the most iconic moments of the Second World War. In February 1945 Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) and Joseph Stalin (1878-1953), leaders of the UK, US and Soviet governments, respectively, met in the Livadia Palace on the outskirts of the Black Sea resort of Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the post-war reorganisation of Europe. Churchill advised against ‘dismembering’ Germany too quickly and opposed too high a demand being placed on the defeated country. But it was the subject of Poland that dominated the conference, and Churchill was later forced to defend his support for Stalin’s demands that the Soviet Union annex part of the country. Many in Britain saw this as a betrayal of the role that Poland had played in supporting the Allies.

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  • Place made and portrayed: Ukraine (Livadia Palace, Crimea, Ukraine)

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Despite Churchill's popularity during, and indeed after, the War, Clement Attlee wins a landslide Labour victory in the general election. Labour's success was due to its promise of a better society through the Welfare state, and was demonstrative of the public's desire for a new and better post-War society.

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Noel Coward's Brief Encounter is released. The film, based on Coward's play, Still Life, is about the love affair between two married people who meet at a railway station. Conscious of the risk of being caught the couple decide to break off their relationship to protect their marriages.
George Orwell publishes his satirical novel Animal Farm, as an allegorical critique of Soviet Totalitarianism.


A war on two fronts finally proves too much for Germany as allied forces push from the East and West. On the 30th April Hitler committed suicide and Germany soon surrendered to Soviet troops. Victory in Europe was announced on the 8th May. War in the Pacific continued until America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 214,000 people, and ending the war with Japan.

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Fernando Morales

06 December 2017, 02:37

I think that photo is not by Khaldei, it is a Press Corps photo from the U.S Army.
The photos by Khaldei are all from the other side, he was Stalin's photographer and there is not another single photo where he is shooting from Churchill side while there are plenty of photos from the Signal Corps from FDR and Churchill side. The photo also has the official stamp (cropped) of the Signal Corps in one corner. I've never seen another photo from a Russian source with the Signal Corps stamp.

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