Curious George. You know him. He is that cheeky little brown monkey cherished by more than three generations of Americans. Many of us grew up with “Curious George”, but few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Stashing just a few belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and the baskets of their bicycles, the Jewish couple fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five month odyssey by bike, train, and boat that would eventually bring them to American shores in October 1940.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum will be featuring a traveling exposition of The War Time Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey’s Journey from France. This is a new exhibit that will have a “soft” opening on Feb. 11 prior to the official opening reception on February 12 at 6:30. Margret and H. A Rey escaped from Nazi occupied France, and deliver a harrowing tale filled with near misses and suspenseful twists. All along they carried the manuscript for the mischievous monkey we all came to know as Curious George. Wow.