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Statement from Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, CEO, Holocaust Memorial Center

All of us at the Holocaust Memorial Center extend our condolences to the family of State School Superintendent Brian Whiston. His commitment to education and students in Michigan was exemplary and he will be missed. Superintendent Whiston was very instrumental in the establishment of the Governor's Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education, part of the legislation signed into law in 2016 which mandated the teaching of the Holocaust and Genocides to grades 8-12. His work in implementing and securing members for the Council was invaluable as we move forward in providing curriculum and materials for Michigan students to learn the valuable lessons from the Holocaust and other Genocides. The legacy of his work will have a lasting and meaningful impact.


The True Wartime Escape
of Margret & H.A. Rey

On view April 11 through July 5, 2018

Margret and H.A. Rey

Curious George was able to go off on his adventures thanks to the fascinating, harrowing and largely unknown wartime escape from the Nazis by German-born Jews, Margret and H.A. Rey, who created Curious George.

The Curious George books are beloved by children of all ages around the globe with George’s stories translated into many languages, including Afrikaans, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Swedish.

Author Louise Borden, an award-winning children’s book author, heard about the Reys’ escape from the Nazi invasion and “just like the Reys’ famous little monkey,” Borden was curious. She was “intrigued by the story of Margret and H.A. Rey’s flight from Paris on bicycle in June 1940.”

Over the course of several years, Borden spoke, wrote and emailed with people in England, France, Germany and Portugal who had known Margret and H.A. Rey. Borden traveled to many small towns and cities based upon the addresses found in letters and work diaries the Reys’ wrote in 1936 to 1940 when they lived in Paris.

Borden’s research culminated in her book The Journey that Saved Curious George which inspired the exhibit.

The exhibit features photographs of the Reys, illustrations by Allan Drummond, and several keepsakes, including H.A.’s copious notes in his pocket diary detailing their four-month wartime escape from Paris to New York. It also highlights several amazing artifacts from the Holocaust Memorial Center’s archives and Detroit area survivors.

H.A. and Margret arrived in New York on October 14, 1940. The following year, Curious George, formerly named Fifi, was published. H.A. and Margret became U.S. citizens in 1946.New York: Curious George is Published

Join us for one of the exciting programs featuring The True Wartime Escape exhibit!  Learn more about these opportunities, admission, and RSVP, by CLICKING HERE.

The exhibit is open Sunday through Friday and is free with museum admission or membership. For more information about the exhibit, please call 248-553-2400.

The exhibit is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Thank you to our exhibit supporters!

Janice & Chris Billmeyer
Robin & Leo Eisenberg
Rozie & Bernie Friedman
Nancy & James Grosfeld
Raina Ernstoff & Sanford Hansell
The Karp Family
Jackie & Larry Kraft
Henrietta Weisberg z"l
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts


What Could Have Been

What could these people have become? What could they have accomplished? Invented? Or simply celebrated? We will never know. But, we know what we can do now. Tell the world about them and educate every generation about the horrors of genocide.

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Upcoming Events

May 31 / 6:30 pm
Monkey Business
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June 3 / 3:15 pm
Shores Beyond Shores
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June 10 / 10:30 am
Why? Explaining the Holocaust
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July 22 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tisha B'Av
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July 25 / 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Films and Archives of WWII and the Holocaust
Teacher Workshop
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July 26 / 7:00 pm
Filming the Camps, from Hollywood to Nuremberg
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August 13 / 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Teaching the Holocaust:
Empowering Students
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