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December 2009

What’s New · The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France

The sea voyage
The sea voyage
Refugees fleeing Paris
Refugees fleeing Paris
At the train station in Orleans
At the train station in Orleans

More than three generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of an irrepressible little brown monkey known in this country as “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 a few precious 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 Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey's Journey from France tells the story of the Rey’s journey, featuring 27 framed art prints by artist Allan Drummond and supplemental archival images from the extraordinary holdings of the DeGrummond Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibit is based on a book written by local author Louise Borden, Main Library from January 4 - March 10 and is co-sponsored by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education.