Serhii PlokhiiFebruary 7, 2010 10:12Updated May 30, 2010 12:20
BOSTON — Sixty-five years ago this week, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill landed on an airstrip freshly cleared of snow near the Crimean town of Saky. Their final destination was Yalta, the Black Sea playground of Russian tsars and aristocrats.
Their host was Joseph Stalin, once a prisoner of the tsar and now the ruthless dictator of the Soviet Union. Roosevelt and Churchill had come to participate in the Yalta Conference, which lasted eight days, from Feb. 4 to 11, 1945, and left a lasting legacy in world affairs and America’s historical memory.