A Shadow of Doubt
Black markets were rife in Occupied Germany and were often supplied by goods stolen from the public sector. A saying in Czechoslovakia was “if you do not steal from the state, you are robbing your own family.” Black and gray markets for foodstuffs, goods, and cash exist. If you have the money, and the connections, you can get nearly anything. Goods included household goods, medical supplies, clothes, furniture, cosmetics, and toiletries in chronically short supply through official outlets.
Many farmers concealed actual output from purchasing agencies to sell it illicitly to urban consumers. Hard foreign currencies were highly sought after, while highly valued Western items functioned as a medium of exchange or bribery in Communist countries, such as in Romania, where Kent cigarettes served as an unofficial extensively used currency to buy goods and services. Some service workers “moonlighted” illegally providing services directly to customers for payment.
The RPA has connections with several such medical practitioners, who have agreed to treat RPA workers’ more bizarre injuries, no questions asked. They aren’t exactly happy with the arrangement, but are compliant so long as the RPA agrees to turn a blind eye.