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It is September 1937 when Hélène Dubois and her boyfriend, Peter, find their seats at a National Socialist Party rally at Zeppelin Field in Nürnberg, Germany. As Hélène, a Belgian citizen and soprano, and Peter, a tenor who sings with her in the local theater, watch Hitler enter the field along with forty-five thousand men, Peter confesses he is mesmerized by Hitler’s charisma, much to Hélène’s dismay. Still, she decides she loves Peter too much to abandon him.
Peter, who is classified as a Jew in the eyes of Germany, is not allowed by law to marry Hélène, an Aryan. With a plan to work on Peter’s diction and then secure jobs at opera houses in France and Italy, the couple continues a relationship driven by forbidden love and their resolve to press through their challenges. But just as Peter proposes, gangs of SA and SS begin their terror, dragging Peter off into the night and robbing Hélène of her innocence. As Peter battles to stay alive, Hélène transforms from an altruistic soul to a determined woman focused on revenge as she faces Nazi brutality head-on.
Hélène is a story of heroism, resilience, and selfless love in the face of shocking violence as a young Belgian woman bravely fights to keep her dreams—and her Jewish lover—alive during Hitler’s horrifying reign.