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In 1956 after the Suez War, most French and English Jews were kicked out of Egypt.
The rest, such as my family of Italian origin, left gradually because of vexations and reprisals against Jews in general as Israel had participated in that Anglo-French war.
In fact today there are practically no Jews left in Egypt except for a handful of people who do not leave because they are too old or cannot face re-adapting themselves to a new life.
Re-adapting to a new life was horrendous. We exiled ourselves to Milan as we had an Italian passport.
How can anyone re-adapt to anything after having lived in Egypt, which at that time was a ganna, paradise.
The struggle for life was unbelievable.
We received no help from the Italian government who claimed: “We were not at war with Egypt, you shouldn’t have left.”
So our slide into poverty took its toll on both my parents and their health deteriorated.
It is true of my mother first who could not get over that exile. She left us at age 55 and then my father followed her at age 57.
We were therefore doubly orphans.
Separated from the country of our birth and that we considered as ours and secondly my parents leaving us.
It was accordingly necessary to pay tribute to both our community and my family.
That is why I started writing my books so that no one forgets.
The title on the footsteps of Nefertari was chosen because she was beautiful and intelligent. Also the wife of the great Ramses 2, she was an independent woman before her age.
In this our Jewish women were like her.
Now take yourself back to Egypt and follow our guide Nefertari who will lead you into the world of Egyptian Jews.