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open streets, and the police were basically just another gang. My skinny, intelligent father slept with a gun underneath his pillow (something he continued to do many years on, even when we no longer lived there.) Then my mother brought me into the world and my father stopped smoking from one day to the next. I was his first child. He and his friends sold everything they could get hold of on the black market. Copy machines, soap, shoes. Once a week, they drove to Poland and Belarus, loading their cars with anything that looked valuable. My sister started school. I learned to walk and speak and read. My parents decided it was time for us to leave the sinking ship. They sold our house and my father’s car for a ridiculously low price and we moved to Germany, to Berlin, where my mother’s parents had been living for a few years. Like so many Ukrainians before us. We were one story among many. The likelihood of developing leukemia, thyroid cancer, or lymphoma is very high when one lives within the radioactive zone near the site of a nuclear disaster. One’s likelihood of developing cancer increases when one ingests fruits and vegetables contaminated with radiation. The probability of developing cancer is extremely high for individuals who touch uranium. Those exposed to elevated doses of ionizing radiation have a higher likelihood of developing acute radiation syndrome. Electromagnetic radiation such as radio waves, microwaves, infrared waves, X-rays, and gamma rays, in effective doses, are likely to cause cancer. So we learned German. My sister and I rode the bus to school. My mother studied Art History, and my father went back to work. He found a job as an engineer at a good firm. The Euro replaced the Deutsche Mark. My sister and I learned to ride

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