Cecilienhof
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Revisiting Ghosts of the Potsdam Conference
My spartan Cecilienhof room overlooked "the red star," a reminder of the Potsdam Conference held here in 1945. The heads of the three world powers of the day—Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and President Harry S. Truman—stayed here to ponder post-WWII peace treaties and other issues. Originally, the Cecilienhof Palace was built by Crown Prince Wilhelm Hohenzollern. This historic building requires some refurbishing, but the staff was delightful, the park setting charming, and the dining room and patio elegant and restful, complemented with a good menu. Photo: Ursula Maxwell-Lewis/Travelling Times
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