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the-meeropol-brothers-exonerate-our-mother-ethel-rosenberg.html?ref=opinion&_r=1The New York Times: The Meeropol Brothers: Exonerate Our Mother, Ethel Rosenberg




AUG. 10, 2015

OUR parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed on June 19, 1953, after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. That was the formal legal charge, but in the public’s mind they were executed for providing our archenemy, the Soviet Union, with the ability to destroy our country with atomic bombs. Theirs was the most sensational case of the McCarthy period.


Last month, the grand jury testimony of our uncle David Greenglass, who died last year, was made public, the latest in a trove of material released since 2008 after we and others filed a legal action. Back then, we concluded that our father was legally guilty of the conspiracy charge, but not of atomic spying, and we maintain that neither of our parents deserved the death penalty. Scissors-32x32.png

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Ethel Rosenberg Biography


War Crimes, Spy (1915–1953)


Ethel Rosenberg and husband Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1951. They were both executed by the U.S. government in 1953.




Born in 1915 in New York City, Ethel Rosenberg went to Seward High School. After finishing school in 1931, she went to work for the National New York Packing and Shipping Company. Rosenberg became involved in a workers' union there and soon became a supporter of the Communist Party. In 1939, she married Julius Rosenberg. The couple had two sons, Michael and Robert. In the 1940s, her husband acted as an agent for the Soviet Union. Shortly after his arrest in 1950, Ethel was brought into custody as a co-conspirator in a plot to give U.S. military secrets to the Soviets. She and her husband were convicted in 1951 and executed in 1953. Scissors-32x32.png

The case against Ethel Rosenberg has been questioned extensively since her death. Scissors-32x32.png


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