Novato Republican Women, Federated


"Survivors of the Hollow Promises of Totalitarians" 

Evelyn Becker Kimsean and Kimmean Tim
NRWF members who survived totalitarian persecution

Tuesday, June 8 Meeting | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Dr., Novato

$35 | $30 members and their guests


 NRWF members will share their experiences surviving oppressive regimes. Whether in the East or West, North or South, many of the lies, techniques and false promises are similar when an oppressive regime seizes power. Empty promises of communist or socialists ideologies have led to atrocities we should, “never forget.” This country was founded by people fleeing persecution. As we strive to create a more perfect union, we should realize we are not immune from these hollow promises of failed ideologies such as communism and socialism and their deadly consequences. 

Kimsean Tim, as well as her sister Kimmean, both survived the communist takeover of their native Cambodia on April 17, 1975. For almost 4 years, the Khmer Rouge perpetrated one the greatest crimes of the last century. Join us to hear of their fight for survival, their first escape, their forced return then successful escape to the US. Their account should be heard by old and young, especially the young, to understand what’s at stake right now. 

Evelyn Becker was born in (what became) East Germany and lived through Hitler’s rise to power. She will share with us her memories of that time, how neighbors were afraid to speak freely to neighbors, how travel was restricted and how newspapers were an extension of the regime. Her escape was harrowing as well. 

We know other Club members could share their similar yet very personal story of living under an oppressive regime. We encourage people to listen carefully to these accounts and heed the warnings. Also, for additional information, check out the nonprofit based in Washington, DC, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. “Far too many young people today have no idea of the massive killings, imprisonments, and destructiveness wrought by communist regimes throughout history. From the famines, purges, deportations, and gulags in the USSR, to Mao’s Great Leap Forward; from the Castro regime’s murder of Oswaldo Payá, to the torture-induced death of Otto Warmbier and medical homicide of Liu Xiaobo—communists have killed more than 100 million people, according to the Black Book of Communism. Countless more suffered and suffer still.