International: Spring Cleaning

Besieged Berlin had weathered the winter. The West this week marked the victory and the season by moving to clean up the Berlin currency mess.

Ever since the Russians imposed their blockade last spring, a troublesome currency situation has existed in West Berlin. The Western Allies permitted the use of the Russians' East marks as legal tender alongside the West's own currency. In their own half of Berlin, the Russians had shown no such liberal attitude. Western currency was strictly banned. Since Berliners had more confidence in the Western than in the Eastern currency,...

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