19 December 1973 : For the first time, GDR citizens can do their Christmas shopping with foreign currency in so-called “Intershops”, if they have the “hard currency” at all.
Where there is a comrade, there is the party (SED). Where there are 20 comrades, there is an Intershop. – a common staircase joke from GDR times. But, what actually was an Intershop? [...]