Mark Levy was born in Cairo, Egypt.
As a boy, following the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Mark witnessed mass riots against Cairo’s Jewish population. Soon after, knowing that matters would only get worse, Mark’s father arranged for the family to flee to Marseille, France by cargo ship. Completely dispossessed after having been forced to leave everything behind, Mark and his family had a difficult time assimilating to French culture. A year later, Mark and his family relocated to Israel and lived at the maabara refugee camp.
After serving in the Israeli Army, Mark moved to the United States to pursue his higher education.