Wednesday, April 12, 2017

#AtoZChallenge JULIUS (and Ethel) Rosenberg

I had recently, watched a documentary on the Rosenbergs, which led me researching their 2 sons. This post is about JULIUS and Ethel Rosenberg's sons. Michael and Robert.

We all should already know about these two.  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were United States citizens who were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union - leaving behind 2 young sons.  This was HUGE NEWS in the 1950's till they died on June 19, 1953.

I can't even imagine, how hard it was for their sons, Michael (10) and Robert (6) Here they are, orphaned by the executions and sadly, no relatives came forward to adopt them. During the trial, both sets of Grandparents had them - on and off but for some reason, couldn't any longer help and gave them up to a Hebrew Children's Home. They were adopted by a high school teacher, poet, songwriter and social activist Abel Meeropol (author of the popular song 'Strange Fruit' sand by Billie Holiday) and his wife Anne, and they assumed the Meeropol surname.

For decades, many defenders of the Rosenbergs, including their sons Michael and Robert Meeropol, maintained that their parents were innocent and victims of Cold War paranoia.

They spent years trying to prove the innocence of their parents.  They acknowledged their father had been involved in espionage, but said that "whatever atomic bomb information their father passed to the Russians was, at best, superfluous; the case was riddled with prosecutorial and judicial misconduct; their mother was convicted on flimsy evidence to place leverage on her husband; and neither deserved the death penalty." They believed new evidence suggested Ethel Rosenberg was framed.

Michael and Robert co-wrote a book about their and their parents' lives, We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (1975). Robert wrote a later memoir, An Execution in the Family: One Son's Journey (2003). In 1990, he founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a nonprofit foundation that provides support for children of targeted liberal activists.

In December 2016, Ethel Rosenberg's son pleaded with President Obama to exonerate their mother before he left office. They were not seeking a presidential pardon, saying that would suggest their mother was guilty. They instead are seeking a public exoneration, so “any stigma and disgrace should be forever removed” from her name.  Exiting Obama does not act on request to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg.

Why Ethel Rosenberg Should Not Be Exonerated

1952 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS: 
Dwight Eisenhower elected President over Adlai Stevenson by wide margin;
Republicans gain control of White House and both houses of Congress
Korean conflict continues as truce attempts fail
Princess Elizabeth of Britain coronated queen upon the death of her father, King George VI
U.S. begins construction of first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus
U.S. detonates world’s first hydrogen bomb
Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Richard Nixon defends himself against charges of maintaining a secret slush fund in his "Checkers" speech, broadcast on national television
Violent protests erupt in Egypt
Britain develops atomic bomb

BUSINESS & ECONOMY: Green-tinted chlorophyll becomes a popular additive to a variety of food and medicinal products as a breath aid (a benefit soon to be disputed by many doctors and scientists)


  1. Sad to grow up with such a stigma. The Rosenberg's will be in my A to Z in the R's since they are mentioned in Billy Joel's song. I've written about them before too. Would you mind if I included a link to your post when I get to the R's? Visiting from
    If I Only Had A Time Machine

  2. Feel so sorry for those little boys...

  3. I am against the death penalty, nothing was gained by executing these two. If that means keeping an occasional monster alive, so be it. Watching Charles Manson grow old, feeble and miserable in jail is not such a bad thing.

  4. That is sad no relatives stepped forward to adopt them. While I don't think I have the stamina to raise my 13 month old grandson, I would think if circumstances made it happen, I would do the best I could to take him in and give him the best life possible. Such a sad story here in so many different ways.


    1. I don't know their is sad though

  5. I know a lot of Republicans who are Right to Life advocates and pro-death penalty. Does that make sense to you?

    1. I believe the pro-death penalty comes out of the Jewish Torah, part of the 661 laws of the Torah.

      I am for the death penalty for child molestors and rapists.

  6. I have heard these names my entire life but do not know that much about them. It would be a great tragedy to have your parent's executed.

    1. Yes it would and its no wonder they still are trying to clear their names

  7. I knew who they were and feel that their children must have suffered terrible

  8. I can't even imagine how many people were wrongly accused during the Cold War paranoia. Tht's what happens when people is scared: they don't care what they'r edoing if they think that may make them feel safer.
    Happened all thorugh history.
    I fear we may be entering another such period.

    The Old Shelter - 1940s Film Noir

    1. You got that right. FEAR makes people do irrational things.

  9. One of those situations when we at large may never know what really happened. It is always the children who suffer most, whether the parent is a criminal, an activist, a politician, police officer...makes no difference. Be it deserved or undeserved, when a parent suffers for their children suffer.

    1. Yes and in this case they are still suffering as adult men. Sad


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