POLAND: The Hard-Currency Girls

The tall, ponytailed blonde stood nervously at the witness stand while a bearded judge in black robes glowered at her from the bench. The interrogation began.

Judge: "What is your profession?"

Blonde (hesitating): "I'm employed in a State pastry plant."

Judge (to the court stenographer):

"Put her down as a physical worker [the Polish term for blue-collar worker]." Then, returning to the witness: "Have you indulged in debauchery?"

Blonde: "Not since August 1972."

Judge: "How long had you engaged in debauchery?"

Blonde (breaking into tears): "Five years."

Judge: "Pull yourself together. Why did you stop?"

Blonde: "I couldn't continue working because I didn't have any more money to...

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