Misha, a young surgeon, was one of the few Jews living in the city N* in the Ukraine. Life seemed great until he, a victim of brawl, was brought to the police station, and beaten there by its chief. Later, doing emergency operation, Misha saved the chief’s life. When the he recovered, Misha told him about the beating in the jail. The following drama left Misha with the toughest choice of his life. More
Almost all Jews left city N* in Ukraine during mass emigration of 1980s and 1990s. A handful remained: Misha, a 27 years old surgeon, was one of them. In love with Oxana, a beautiful nurse, fond of Ukraine and passionate about his work, he thought of his life as wonderful and rewarding. One day Oxana told him that two scary guys dropped by in the hospital when he was in an operation room and left a message that they would be waiting for him in the local tavern. When they met, Misha recognized his childhood friends, Jewish boys who later became vicious gangsters. They came to town after serving seven years in prison for armed robbery. There was a brawl with the local thugs in the tavern, and Misha was a victim. Brought to the local police station, he was thrown into the cell with the hoods, who beat him up. After his complains, the chief of the station came and beat him up himself. Two months later, the chief of police station was brought to the hospital unconscious. Misha recognized him. The man needed an urgent operation, which Misha did, thus saving his life. The policeman recovered quickly. “Do you remember me?” Misha asked him when the man was about to leave the hospital. He didn’t. When Misha reminded the police chief about their encounter in the dark local jail, the man flew off the handle. The drama unfolded after what he had said left Misha with the toughest choice of his life.