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Johnson / Military Occupation in Post-war Europe

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Johnson: Other kinds of things that you would see where people were so inhumane to create that kind of thing. I saw where cigarettes became the medium of exchange. I don’t think we ever want to see that because that’s almost devastating. Take by the bushel basket of money to buy a loaf of bread whereas you might could get it for two cigarettes. Then a lot of people didn’t have access to cigarettes or money, so it was chaotic in a lot of places. Very difficult from day-to-day.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Historic Periods › Jim Crow Period
Historic Periods › 1946-1950
Military › World War II
Tags Post-war Europe
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Duration 00:00:50
Citation "Military Occupation in Post-war Europe ," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed October 30, 2020