Selma Louise Freudenberg
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- "I couldn't believe it, if it had just been a social event I could have understood, but this means peoples' lives, at least there are 4 people who have been won over, … it's pathetic, If a crisis arose, people would turn around and ask what C.D. was doing for them. We need something to wake people up. We want to win people over, If we save only one person it's all worthwhile."
- "Aloof Disinterest Puts Chill On C.D. Readiness Session". The Bergen Record. December 6, 1961.
- Selma Louise Freudenberg on the lack of interest in attending Civil Defense preparedness classes on December 6, 1961. The Cuban Missile Crisis would start the following year and run from October 16, 1962 to October 28, 1962.
- "I really feel we have a big job to do to keep women from getting panicky if something happens; what will they do then, go out and get prepared when it's too late? If I have time with my three children plus the job, then I'm sure many others do too. Some one has to wake them up and I'm sure going to try."