In 1943 in Nazi Germany, Dr. Dorothea Schmidt, Director of the Berlin School for the Handicapped, watches as her students are taken away to be gassed and burned. She does nothing to stop this even though her illegitimate child, fathered by a Nazi leader, is one of the victims. Guilt haunts her. After the war, she emigrates to America where she falls in love with Leon, a Jewish man whose family died in the Holocaust. She is compelled to tell him the truth about her past even though she knows he will reject her. After Leon leaves her, she starts a school like the Berlin School. She becomes a leader in the field of educating the handicapped and is eventually recognized for her outstanding contributions by the Kennedy Foundation. At last she feels vindicated, knowing that she created good from evil.
Before class started, the fat, pimply girl in the...