February 24, 1990 |
On a windy plateau adjoining the vast City of the Dead, 350 crumbling Jewish tombs represent much of what remains of the people Moses delivered out of slavery. Amid the honking taxis and high-rise apartment buildings that now populate the cities of Egypt, the Jews seem destined to disappear from the country forever. More than 150,000 Jews dominated Egypt's wealthy merchant class in the early 20th Century. Now, barely 64 are believed to remain. There is in all of Cairo only one Jewish family.