"Dictatorship did not happen overnight," Kitty Werthmann of Pierre, South Dakota, says. "In 1938, Austria was in a deep recession. One-third of our workforce was unemployed. There was 25 percent inflation and interest on loans was 25 percent. Our farmers were going bankrupt."
When Hitler assumed power in Austria, Werthmann said, there was great hope that the change would solve Austria's problems, but, "We lost our freedoms. We were absolutely tricked. We didn't even know about the Holocaust until after the war was over, because we were kept in the dark."
Werthmann moved to America in 1950, becoming a naturalized citizen and experiencing America's freedoms. She has devoted her life to traveling America in an effort to remind her fellow Americans how fragile freedom is.
Knowing first-hand the terrible price a nation pays when the people fail to keep a vigilant watch over their liberties, Werthmann reminds listeners that each American has a responsibility to be ever watchful for any attempts to erode those freedoms.
Eighty-six-year-old Werthmann is president of the South Dakota Eagle Forum, which has led a pro-family movement since 1972, encouraging America to build a better-educated, safer, stronger America based on traditional values.
Eagle Forum's mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy-making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue and private enterprise.
Eagle Forum's achievements prove that citizen-volunteers can affect government policies in Congress, state legislatures, city councils and school boards; elect candidates at every level; and articulate conservative and pro-family policies through the media.