Isaac Cohen was born in Cairo, Egypt in the 1930’s.  In 1956, while attending university in Montpellier, France, he learned that a war had broken out in Egypt. He recalls: “I didn’t know whether my parents were dead or alive. France was an enemy country for Egypt so there were no communications. I was scared to death. Then one day I got a mail from Italy that they had left and they were expelled.”

Cohen, a retired professor of cell and molecular biology at Northwestern University, says: “It is important for Egyptians to know about the population of Egypt that practically disappeared from Egypt. After all, this is part of their heritage.”