Ispirato alla zona della Petroliera, ex deposito militare, immaginando che una storia diversa fosse possibile
It was 1942, during the war. Gozzano was occupied by the Germans. People were frightened by these, how could we define them, “monsters, good people, poor devils”? In the evening people had to turn off all the lights. The soldiers could knock at the doors at any moment and they had to open straight away, and if the soldiers asked for food, they had to give it. Few were the survivors of this war, many more the missing. Many people were brought to horrible concentration camps where they couldn't do anything but work.
They weren't given anything to eat. They weren't considered people anymore.
A woman, Adele, told her grandchild about the tragic war. She had survived by a miracle. She had been a nurse, but in those years she was a girl like the others, she was condemned to a terrible life, a life that can't be defined as such.
One thing saved her: she was damn beautiful!
Adele hated the Germans because she didn't understand where her friends disappeared to from one moment to the next.
She was only 20 years old and she was living near the petrol deposit in Gozzano, on the way to Pogno and to San Maurizio.
A German soldier was against everything that his German people used to do to the simple and poor innocent people of that country. He admired the way she used to help other people, he admired the way she used to encourage her mum and her little sister who was 15 years old, the way she used to stay close to them and especially the way she used to spend her life getting up early to milk her cows. Adele, who had grown up without a father, was approached by this soldier, Hans, who offered to help her to survive the war in exchange for love. She didn't know what to say but above all she was afraid he was making fun of her, that an this was a "subterfuge".