The Life Giving Nile & Upper Egyptian Villages

Upper Egypt or the Sa’id lies in the Southern part of the country. The town of Assuit and the village of Beni Harem cling along the Nile in Upper Egypt, as mentioned in my book Roots & Branches. In Upper Egypt, the Nile valley is very narrow. Life exists...

Seduction

Another character in Roots and Branches and Making the Cut My mother: By 1935, Hitler had closed the progressive women’s schools, preventing women from entering university. Gretchen Steinbach left her home in Hamburg, Germany, in 1935 and went to England as a nanny...

Sins & Glory

Characters in “Roots & Branches” and “Making the Cut” Like in fairy tales, Abdel Aziz’s stepmother was a sinful woman. When she banished him at age 6 from the village, Beni Harem in Upper Egypt and sold him into servitude in Cairo, her expectation was...