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Julius  &  Ethel  Rosenberg
Julius Rosenberg [1918-1953]
Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg [1915-1953]

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         Julius (in handcuffs) and Ethel Rosenberg during their trial for espionage in 1951

"Even if guilty, Ethel and Julius deserved a fair trial, and they didn't get one."  — Rachel Meeropol

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In 1950, Sgt. David Greenglass, a former machinist at Los Alamos, confessed to having passed secret information to Russian agents. Though he initially denied any involvement by his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, he claimed that her husband, Julius, had convinced Ethel to recruit Greenglass while on a visit in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1944 and that Julius had also passed secrets. The trial of the Rosenbergs began on 6 March 1951; they were convicted on March 29th and were sentenced to death by Judge Irving Kaufman on April 5th. After many appeals (even the Pope got involved), the couple were executed at sundown on 19 June 1953 in the electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. The Rosenbergs' two sons Robert & Michael (aged 10 and 16), were adopted by songwriter Abel Meeropol and his wife, and the boys assumed the Meeropol surname.

Nikita Khrushchev confirmed in his memoirs that the Rosenbergs did, in fact, pass atomic secrets to the Soviets.

Rosenbergs entry at Wikipedia
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Julius Rosenberg [1918-53] was born in New York City and died at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York
credits [] at Internet Movie Database

Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg [1915-53] was born in New York City and died at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York
credits [1947-2007] at Internet Movie Database

Books About The Rosenbergs


We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg book by Robert & Michael Meeropol  "We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg" [1975]
'written by their children' Robert & Michael {Rosenberg} Meeropol

Ballantine Books mass pb [4/76] out of print/used
Univ IL Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/86] out of print/used
Houghton Miffin 9x6¼ hardcover [5/75] out of print/many used
Rosenberg File book by Ronald Radosh & Joyce Milton  "The Rosenberg File: A Search For The Truth" [1983]
by Ronald Radosh & Joyce Milton

Yale Univ Press 8¼x5½ 2nd edition pb [2/97] for $29.00
RH/Vintage pb [9/84] out of print/used
Henry Holt hardcover [9/83] out of print/many used
Rosenberg Letters / Prison Correspondence  "The Rosenberg Letters: A Complete Edition of The Prison Correspondence of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg" [1994]
Edited by Michael Meeropol

Routledge 8½x5¾ library hardcover [3/94] for $50.00
The Man Behind the Rosenbergs  "The Man Behind The Rosenbergs" [2001]
by Alexander Feklisov (and Sergei Kostin)

Enigma Books 9x6 pb [9/2003] for $12.24
Enigma Books 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2001] for $26.60
The Brother / The Rosenberg Case book by Sam Roberts  "The Brother: The Untold Story of Atomic Spy David Greenglass & How He Sent His Sister Ethel Rosenberg To The Electric Chair" [2001]
by Sam Roberts

Random House 8x5 pb [5/2003] for $13.22
Random House 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2001] out of print/many used
Execution In The Family  "An Execution In The Family: One Son's Journey" [2003]
by Robert {Rosenberg} Meeropol

St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [6/2004] for $15.95
St. Martin's Press 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2003] out of print/used
Spy's Guide to Santa Fe & Albuquerque book by E.B. Held  "A Spy's Guide To Santa Fe and Albuquerque" [2011]
by former C.I.A. agent E.B. Held

Reveals details of the plot to assassinate Leon Trotsky, Ted Hall's delivery of atom bomb secrets to Russia's K.G.B., the case of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, and the allegations against Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Dr. Wen Ho Lee
Kindle Edition from Univ NM Press [5/2011] for $9.99
Univ NM Press 8½x5½ pb [1/2011] for $15.64
Wicked Albuquerque book by Cody Polston  "Wicked Albuquerque" [2017] by Cody Polston  10/2017
includes chapters on notorious New Mexicans Elfego Baca, brothel owner Lizzy McGrath,
spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, and town marshal Milt Yarberry

Kindle Edition from The History Press [10/2017] for $12.99
The History Press 9x6 pb [10/2017] for $16.69
The History Press 9x6 hardcover [10/2017] for $28.99
watch official video promo [1:13] online at YouTube

Movies, Stageplays, Other Media

"13 Rue Madeleine" [1947] /tt0038279/

"McCarthy: Death of A Witch Hunter" documentary [1975] /tt0245269/

"The Front" [1976] /tt0074554/
Director:Martin Ritt; Writer:Walter Bernstein; Stars:Woody Allen,
archive footage of Mamie Eisenhower & Ethel Rosenberg

"The Atomic Cafe" [indep March 1982]
Atomic Cafe government-issued propaganda films  A collection of 1960s U.S. government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans about surviv-ing nuclear war A film by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty & Pierce Rafferty; featuring archival footage of actor Hugh Beaumont, Albert Einstein, Dwight D. Eisenhower, J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Lyndon Johnson, Nikita Khrushchev, Douglas MacArthur, Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, atomic spies Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, Joseph Stalin, Lewis Strauss of the A.E.C., and Harry S. Truman
New Video Group color DVD [3/2002] for $13.41
Docurama Collectors Edition color DVD [11/2008] 2 disks for $28.57 extras?
New Video Group color VHS [3/2002] for $13.41
full credits at IMDb movie entry at Wikipedia

"The Rosenbergs" [1992] /tt0401212/
episode of "American Justice" documentary TV series

"Nixon" [1995] /tt0113987/

"The Fear & The Dream" [1997] /tt1843709/
episode of "The Fifties (TV Mini-Series documentary)

"Cold War" documentary TV mini-series [1998]
"Spies" [1998] episode /tt1282645/
"Reds" [1998] episode /tt1282643/

"Best Years: 1946-1952" [1999] /tt1722306/
episode of "The Century: America's Time" documentary TV mini-series

"Modern Marvels" documentary TV series [2000]
"Death Devices" [2000] episode /tt0874124/
"Prisons" [2000 ] episode /tt0873177/

"Strange Fruit" documentary [2002] /tt0350166/

"Heir To An Execution: A Granddaughter's Story"
documentary film [festival circuit 2004]
Heir To An Execution documentary by Ivy Meeropol  Co-produced & directed by {Michael's daughter} Ivy Meeropol; interviewees include Ivy, Michael & Robert Meeropol, with archive footage of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg
H.B.O. Home Video widescreen color DVD [9/2004] for $4.32
H.B.O. Home Video widescreen color DVD-R [6/2012] for $14.55
full credits from IMDb H.B.O. official movie site

"J. Edgar Hoover" [2007]
episode of "Undercover History" TV series

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Los Angeles Times EXTRA headline 'Rosenbergs Die'         

Family & Others
Julius Rosenberg [1918-1953]
Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg [1915-1953]
son Robert Rosenberg Meeropol
son Michael Rosenberg Meeropol
grandaughter Ivy Meeropol

Ethel's brother Sgt. David Greenglass
Ethel's sister-in-law Ruth Greenglass

co-defendent Morton Sobell
Judge Irving Kaufman
songwriter Abel Meeropol and his wife
courier-spy Harry Gold [] served 15 years in Federal prison

house at 209 High Street NE in Albuquerque, New Mexico
the Rosenbergs' residence (apartment 4) in 1945, where secret documents were prepared for and-or handed over to Russian agents
photo of Albuquerque Tribune article from February 1985, with picture of the house (in new window)
the building is now The Spy House B&B [built 1912, restored 2004, B&B since 2008]

L i n k s
Rosenbergs entry at Wikipedia
National Committee To Reopen The Rosenberg Case [est. 1951]
'The Trial of Ethel & Julius Rosenberg' at Famous Trials website

here on the Julius & Ethel Rosenberg Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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