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The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

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The International Conference on World War II

03/04/2021 - 03/06/2021 | 12:00 AM

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has hosted The International Conference on World War II since 2006—bringing together the best and brightest scholars, authors, historians, and witnesses to history from around the globe to discuss key battles, personalities, strategies, issues, and controversies of the war that changed the world.

A LIMITED PODCAST SERIES FROM THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

"To The Best of My Ability"

Episode 5 – Urgent Summons

In July 1945, Truman - only three months into his tenure as President of the United States - traveled to the Berlin suburb of Potsdam to meet with the other Allied leaders, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. While the least experienced in his role, Truman sought to maintain the position of strength gained by the US throughout the course of the war. In his first meeting with the other heads of state, both of whom guided their countries through the war to that point, Truman was unfamiliar, and his approaches unknown, to the other Allies. Within a few week’s time, however, Clement Attlee ousted Churchill from his office of Prime Minister, and Attlee joined Truman as an additional new head of state to negotiate terms at Potsdam.

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