“Inflation, then hyperinflation, followed, as the government started printing money like crazy in an effort to continue making interest payments on its debt.

Prices skyrocketed.

At some point, stores stopped displaying price signs. Why bother, if they were doubling every other week or so?

Salaries and pensions did not keep up with inflation; almost everyone became more poor with each passing day.

Most people, including my parents, were caught completely unprepared”.