Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Bit of Holocaust Monkey Business

You recall him, right?

Well, did you know that Curious George is a Holocaust survivor. A new exhibit, opening Friday at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, tells the remarkable story of his creators.


Artist H.A. Rey and his writer wife, Margret, were living in Paris when the Nazis occupied France in 1940. As German Jews, the Reys knew that in order to survive they had to get out. So they began a 9-day journey by bicycle to Lisbon, sleeping in barns and begging for help along the way.

Noreen Brand with the Illinois Holocaust Museum says the Reys left Paris penniless but, among the few possessions they stuffed into their knapsacks, were the drawings and original manuscript that would later become the Curious George series...

More information here.

1 comment:

Jewish Ideas Daily said...

According to Art Daily the exhibit is showing in the Jewish Museum in NY.