INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI), in partnership with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center and with the generous support of the Paul Family Endowment, is pleased to bring the exhibit The Wartime Escape: Margaret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France to Indianapolis from October 23-November 29, 2019. 

When authors Margret and H.A. Rey were forced to flee Paris as the Nazi army began to invade, they began their dangerous journey of escape on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France. The manuscript and illustrations for the Curious George book were among the few possessions they were able to take with them. Escaping on trains through Spain, Portugal, and all the way to Brazil, the Reys finally reached the United States in October of 1940. Once they were living in the United States, they created a contract with Houghton Mifflin for The Adventures of Fifi, later retitled The Adventures of Curious George. The exhibit includes original and reproduction works of art depicting the miraculous escape of the Reys from Nazi-occupied France during WWII.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be events and activities for adults and children of all ages. Join JFGI, CANDLES, and WFYI Indianapolis for "Celebrating with Curious George" on Sunday, November 3rd, from 11:00am - 2:00pm EDT. Participants will learn about winter holidays through hands-on STEM activities and are invited to have fun with our friends Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. Children will enjoy playing drums, flying kites, bouncing (plastic) ornaments, and making dreidels – all while learning about science and culture. Food will be available for purchase from Brozinni Pizzeria and BRICS Ice Cream trucks stationed in front of the JFGI Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning.

There will also be a screening of Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators on November 3rd from 2:30pm - 4:00pm in the Jewish Community Center's (JCC) Laikin Auditorium. The family-friendly documentary details the incredible adventures that inspired Hans and Margaret Rey to create everyone’s favorite little monkey. Bring a picnic blanket, grab some popcorn, and come enjoy the story of Curious George. The screening is in collaboration with the JCC's Ann Katz Festival of Books and Art.

For more information about the exhibit and/or events, please contact Amber Maze at or visit


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