GERMANY: Communist Enterprise

One day last week the U.S. took the sternest measures yet against the German "cigaret economy." Washington banned private shipments of American cigarets, indicated that U.S. personnel in Germany would get only enough for themselves. Black marketeers moaned. Said one, hopefully: "Clever American people will find a way to beat the law." But by week's end it was the clever Russians who were showing most of the enterprise. Four days after Washington's dictum, millions of American-looking Russian cigarets were flooding Berlin at 2½ marks apiece—half the price of U.S. cigarets.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!