Widespread Black Market In Berlin REDS PAY £150 FOR WATCHES Rec. 9.30 a.m. BERLIN, July 20. The four Allied commanders in Berlin have decided to take joint action to eliminate the black market which Major-General F. L. Parkes, the United States commander, described as "a menace to the city's welfare." He urged that co-ordinated steps be taken immediately. Provost marshals from the four Powers have prepared a joint plan and a close watch is expected on the sale of such itema as bread, meat, petrol and alcohol.
Black market activities . are proceeding quite openly, say agency correspondents. There have been instances of German police refusing to take action. British and American soldiers have been indulging in what seems to be classed as a legitimate transaction. They are selling watches to Soviet troops who are paying £125 to £150 for a watch in occupation marks. The Germans are offering typewriters and cameras for a few hundred cigarettes.
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ACTION PROPOSED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
ACTION PROPOSED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
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