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We became friends with an immigrant family of Ukranian Jews years ago when our daughter was in college with their daughter. The parents said they knew it was time to leave Ukraine when their oldest (our daughter’s friend) was her school’s top student and was supposed to be awarded some award, but the school officials told the parents that they couldn’t award it to her because what would people think if a Jew won. So Ukraine lost a hard working family and at least one of their brightest young people. I’ve always thought of Ukraine as backwards ever since.