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WW II: Behind Closed Doors

Stalin, the Nazis and the West

Memorializing the Men

Introduction

By Dan McDowell, Education Consultant

The often-tense relationships between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin brought about a great victory over Nazi Germany, but also created the conditions that would lead to the Cold War. Throughout World War II, these men walked a fine line between attempting to maintain their alliance and looking out for their own nation’s best interests in a post-war world.

On the anniversary of the defeat of the regime of Adolf Hitler, the United Nations hopes to unveil a memorial that captures the essence of the triumph and future consequences of the alliance between Allied powers.