Soon thereafter, Helmut went to work as a photographer for Paris newspapers. In 1938, seeing the writing on the wall, the family fled to America, aided–according to family lore–by his brother’s Harvard classmate John F. Kennedy. There, he continued working as a photographer and met his first wife, Ellen Martha Pollack Kaufman.
A few years after the war, Helmut began traveling around the world as a salesman for Paper Mate Pens. He and Ellen divorced in 1950; that same month, his first child, George, was born to Irene Grosse, a 17-year-old German beauty queen. He married his second wife Josephine Johanna Woelfl in 1953, and had another son, Robert, in 1954. He later had a third child named Eva.
He later moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, where he died May 17, 1992. He is buried at the Jewish Cemetery at the Nordfriedhof in Wiesbaden. In 2021, the American Legion Department of France Commander laid a wreath on the former Commander's grave.