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Curious George's Incredible Escape From The Nazis

Curious George, the playful monkey from the eponymous series of children's books, is a beloved character who makes his way out of sticky situations. It only makes sense, then, that her "parents," husband and wife author H.A. And Margaret Ray (real names Hans Reyersbach and Margaret Waldstein), herself knows something of a way out of sticky situations. Like, Nazi sticky.

H.A. Bean and Margaret
Born in 1898 in Hamburg, Germany, Hans Reyersbach grew up in an affluent, educated Jewish family who lived near the Hagenbeck Zoo. Reyersbach loved going to the zoo to see animals, imitate their sounds, and eventually draw them. The family was also friendly with Waldstein, another clan of Jewish hamburgers with a daughter named Margaret eight years younger than their Hans.

Reyersbach joined the German Army during World War I, after which he made his living drawing and painting circus posters while attending college classes before moving to Rio de Janeiro in his 20s. Meanwhile, Margaret worked as a photographer, moving to London when Hitler came to power and then to Brazil, where she reunited with her childhood friend. They got married and started an advertising agency, but found that their Brazilian clients were having trouble pronouncing their German names, so they changed them to names that would be known around the world. He also had two marmoset monkeys of his own.