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Take It All, It's Worth Nothing


Like the story my grand father told me about of Nicolae, one his neighbors. In 1946, after WWII, the Russians were the masters of Eastern Europe. They nationalized the banks, flooding the market with endless paper money. Nicolae sold a property, and my grandfather asked him to give something for the church building project in Prahova county. He declined and he deposited the whole amount to the bank.


In a month on June 30, 1946, the government seized the banks, changed the money and everybody received the new ones: millions and millions of lei – local currency worth nothing. Nicolae came to my grandfather with a big sack of paper money, brand new… "take all of them for the church" And he was refused, because they were worthless.

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