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Veranstaltungen in Berlin: 75 Jahre Potsdamer Konferenz 2020
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The 75th Anniversary of the Potsdam Conference in 2020

Cecilienhof Palace, Potsdam, New Garden

In 2020,
the summit of the three victorious powers of the Second World War – the United
States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union – will have its 75th anniversary. At
the round table in the Cecilienhof Palace, the heads of state Truman, Churchill
(Attlee starting on 28/07/1945) and Stalin deliberated about the future of
Germany and a political and territorial reorganization of Europe and the


Schloss Cecilienhof

Im Neuen Garten 14469  Potsdam

The negotiations began on 17 July and ended on 2 August 1945 with the “Communiqué on the Three Power Conference of Berlin”, which would later enter into history as the “Potsdam Agreement”. The simultaneous onset of the Cold War would lay the cornerstone for the subsequent division of Germany and of the world. The dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August, to end the Pacific War, triggered the nuclear arms race of the great powers in East and West. Decisions and agreements made in Potsdam influence world politics up to today.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference, the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG) is planning a special exhibition, from 1 May to 1 November 2020, at the site of the conference in the Cecilienhof Palace. In addition to the presentation of the decisions and proceedings of the Potsdam Conference, the view of those affected by the negotiations and decisions of the conference participants will also be included in all parts of the exhibition. The objective and non-ideological presentation of the far-reaching geo-political decisions that were taken thus contrasts with emotionally touching “interventions”: the personal voices of those affected.

Thus, the contrast between the abstract decisions of the victorious powers and the concrete experience of their consequences becomes apparent for the visitor for the first time. Well-known historical figures like Churchill, Stalin and Truman face off against the great many who remain nameless in history (victims of the atomic bomb, expellees, collaborators, etc.).

A multi-perspectival way of considering one and the same event becomes possible. Four major thematic areas form the substantive focal points:

1. Berlin Conference – Potsdam Conference: The “Big Three”,
2. On the Agenda: Europe’s New Order,
3. Off the Record: Asia and the Middle East,
4. Turning Point: The World After 1945

Meaningful artefacts combined with multimedia elements will produce a lively and vivid atmosphere and allow the visitor to travel back in time to 1945. In addition to the historical palace rooms, including the conference hall and the work rooms of the three heads of the delegations, for the first time the famous garden terrace, where the “big three” were photographed for the press in their wicker chairs, will also be included in the exhibition area.

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