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The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance will open a new exhibit that chronicles the little-known story of Margret & H.A. Rey, the husband-wife team who created Curious George, and their escape from Paris during World War II.

The exhibit, “The Wartime Escape: Margret and H. A. Rey’s Journey from France,” opens February 12 with a reception at the Museum. More than a dozen learning activities for young children are planned at the Museum and with community partners to accompany the exhibit throughout its run. The activities include storytimes and arts and crafts among other fun events.

In 1940, while Margret & H.A. Rey were in Paris on their honeymoon, the Nazi army advanced into France, forcing the Jewish couple to flee the city. Among the few possessions they managed to take with them was the original manuscript of Curious George, a longtime fixture in children’s literature who continues to educate and entertain children today. The exhibit -- featuring colorful, age-appropriate drawings and a kids' reading area -- is suitable for families with young children.

"We're thrilled to be sharing this amazing story with the community," said Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance CEO Mary Pat Higgins. "What's especially exciting is that the exhibit appeals to visitors of all ages, providing a new perspective on this beloved character - and on this significant time in history."  

The opening reception begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 at the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance. The exhibition runs from February 12 through June 20, 2015.

Additional activities related to the exhibit will be held throughout the spring for children, families and educators. For details visit dallasholocaustmuseum.org. 

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