Curious George is known for making mischief, but he also is credited with helping his creators escape the Nazi invasion of France.
Margret and H.A. Rey are the husband-and-wife team behind the famous children's books. They fled Paris in June 1940, two days before German troops marched into the city. Both German Jews, they rode bikes for several days and then traveled by train through Spain and Portugal before boarding a boat to the United States.
The Reys later built a summer cottage in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, where an exhibit about their escape is on display at a center dedicated to the couple's legacy. Based on a 2005 book, it describes how they were allowed to continue their journey after showing their Curious George manuscript to suspicious officials.
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