Most Americans are familiar with the stories of the mischievous monkey Curious George, but how many of them know about the journey his creators made while escaping the Nazi invasion of Paris at the beginning of World War II?
Margret and H.A. Rey stashed a few belongings and manuscripts into their knapsacks and bicycle baskets and fled Paris in June 1940. Here they began the five-month journey by bicycle, train and boat that led them to America.
The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France is an exhibit coming to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center beginning March 26, 2010 and running through June 20, 2010. This exhibit traces the story of George, originally titled The Adventures of Fifi, and how it spanned the wartime period.
The exhibition is partially based on the 2005 publication, The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, written by Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond. 27 of Drummond’s framed art prints will be featured.
This exhibit is organized by the Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha, Nebraska, Beth Seldin Dotan.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL 60077
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.