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Food Stamps

After the blockade of West Berlin in 1948/49, the three Western Allied city commanders ordered the German authorities in the western sectors of Berlin to stockpile enough basic foodstuffs, fuels, medicines, raw materials for factories and other goods for daily use for six months. This later became the "Senate Reserve," which was increased again after the riots in June 1953.

In the event of a renewed blockade of West Berlin, food stamps and ration coupons would have been issued for the purchase of these goods. These were printed at the Bundesdruckerei and were never used.

The Senate Reserve was dissolved after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Nixon in Berlin

Brochure 1969

On February 27, 1969, US President Richard M. Nixon visited Berlin shortly after taking office. Similar to Kennedy's visit in 1963, the visit was intended to increase the US President's popularity and express the USA's support for West Berlin. However, Nixon's visit was accompanied by protests against the Vietnam War. During his speech to Siemens employees, a pro-American participant held up a banner reading "Ha, Ho, He - Nixon is okay!". The slogan referred to a fan chant of the West Berlin soccer club Herta BSC - "Ha, Ho, He, Herta BSC". At the same time
he satirized the battle cry of the anti-war demonstrators "Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Minh". This anecdote eventually became the title of the information brochure published by the Press and Information Office of the State of Berlin after the US President's visit.

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