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Called out as a zhulik

“Hey, Moniek. You will be a thief this time. Take off running into the castle and the Cossacks will come after the two of us.” It was Grigor, a Ukrainian school chum, who wanted me to take his side in another game of Cossacks and Thieves, roughly equivalent to what American kids call Cops and Robbers. The castle was a real one—the ruins of a centuries-old Turkish fortress built here on the bluff above the River Zbrucz. It was one of the principle landmarks in our little town of Skala-Podolsk in the borderlands territory of 1930s Poland...


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