Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

American couple executed for spying for the Soviet Union

Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg (September 25, 1915 – June 19, 1953) and Julius Rosenberg (May 12, 1918 – June 19, 1953) were Americans accused of being spies for the Soviet Union. They were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war. They were both executed. Their crime was related to giving information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. At that time and even later, many people in many countries thought they were innocent and had tried to convince the U.S. authorities not to kill them. After the fall of the Soviet Union, evidence came out that showed that Julius Rosenberg had been a spy but that his wife had not.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
BornSeptember 25, 1915 Ethel
May 12, 1918 Julius
New York City (both)
DiedJune 19, 1953(1953-06-19) (aged 37) Ethel
June 19, 1953(1953-06-19) (aged 35) Julius
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, secretary (Ethel), Electrical engineer (Julius)
Criminal statusExecuted
ChildrenMichael Meeropol, Robert Meeropol
Criminal chargeConspiracy to commit espionage
PenaltyCapital punishment

Both Julius and Ethel were of Jewish descent.[1][2]

References change

  1. Denison, Charles; Denison, Chuck (2004). The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards. Author's Choice Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-931741-42-2.
  2. Encyclopedia of Media and Propaganda in Wartime America