by Evelyn Torton Beck

The Rosenbergs, Redux a Different Kind of Survivor Family

Heir to an Execution, a film by Ivy Meeropol, Blowback Productions

Fifty-one years after the fact, I still find it impossible not to become impassioned about the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, put to death in the electric chair on June 19, 1953, on flimsy, some say ‘trumped up” evidence of “conspiracy to commit espionage” for the Soviet Union. At the height of the Cold War, during the terror of the McCarthy era, simply being “accused” was tantamount to being guilty. Ethel Rosenberg’s younger brother, David Greenglass, caught spying for the Russians, accused his brother-in-law Julius of passing secrets of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. And because David implicated Ethel, who had typed up her husband’s notes; she too was convicted and put to death.

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