Kitty Werthmann Speaks on Holocaust


Kitty Werthmann, who was born in Austria and livedunder Hitler's rule for 7 years, is now 86 years old.

Hearing first-hand of someone's experiencesunder Hitler's rule is a rare opportunity and the public is invited to come and hear Werthmann speak.

When Werthmann was 12 years old and in the sixthgrade, her world changed. "Dictatorshipdid not happen overnight," Werthmann says."In 1938, Austria was in a deep recession. One-third of our workforce wasunemployed. There was 25 percentinflation and interest on loans was 25 percent.Our farmers were going bankrupt."

When Hitler assumed power in Austria therewas great hope that the change would solve Austria's problems but, "We lost ourfreedoms. We were absolutely tricked,"Werthmann says. "We didn't even knowabout the Holocaust until after the war was over because we were kept in thedark."

Werthmann had the good fortune of moving toAmerica in 1950, becoming a naturalized citizen and experiencing truefreedom. She has devoted her life totraveling this great land in an effort to remind her fellow Americans howfragile freedom is.

Knowing first-handthe terrible price a nation pays when the people fail to keep a vigilant watchover their liberties. Werthmann remindslisteners that each American has a responsibility to be ever watchful for anyattempts to erode those freedoms.

Here is a list of where Werthmann will be speaking:

Lexington–October 3rd – Noon

  • Kirk's Restaurant, I-80& Hwy 283.
  • A luncheon of soup, saladand sandwich will be available for $11.25.
  • Kitty will speak after theluncheon.
  • A free will offering will becollected.
  • RSVP is essential, pleasecontact Corky Anderson at 308-324-2128 or Sarah Taylor at 308-324-4699

NorthPlatte –October 3rd – 6:30 p.m.

  • NorthPlatte Public Library.
  • Free will offering will be collected.

HayesCenter Schools – October 4th - 10:00 a.m.

  • Area schools and the publicinvited to attend.
  • Anyone wishingto make a donation to help with travel expenses and/or to help her effortsplease contact : Marian Richards at 308-286-3496 as a collection will not betaken at the school.

Hastings–October 4th - 6:30 p.m.

  • HastingsHotel and Convention Center,
  • 2205 Osborne Drive East Hastings NE 68901.
  • Free will offering will be collected.

Bancroft/RosalieSchools – October 5th -10:00 a.m.

  • 708 Main Street in Bancroft.
  • Area Schools & Public are invited to attend.
  • Anyone wishingto make a donation to help with travel expenses and/or to help her effortsplease contact : Kathy Wilmot at 308-340-3987 as a collection will not be takenat the school.