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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg trial begins...
Item # 557252
March 7, 1951
THE TIMES PICAYUNE, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 7, 1951
* Julius and Ethel Rosenberg trial begins
This 42 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page: "U.S. TRIES THREE AS ATOMIC SPIES" "Betrayed Secrets to Russia During War, Is Charge"
Other news of the day. Light browning at the margins with minor spine wear, otherwise in good condition.
wikipedia notes: Julius Rosenberg (May 12, 1918 – June 19, 1953) and Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg (September 28, 1915 – June 19, 1953) were American communists who were executed after having been found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage. The charges were in relation to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Their execution was the first of civilians, for espionage, in United States history. Julius Rosenberg wrote to Emanuel Bloch on 19 June 1953 that "we are the first victims of American Fascism."
The Rosenbergs were executed in 1953 for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Since then, decoded Soviet cables have appeared to confirm that Julius acted as a courier and recruiter for the Soviets, but doubts remain about the level of Ethel's involvement. However, the other spies that were caught were not executed. Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, who supplied documents to Julius from Los Alamos, served 10 years of his 15 year sentence. Harry Gold served 15 years in Federal prison as the courier for Klaus Fuchs, who supplied much more detailed information to the Soviets on the atomic bomb. Morton Sobell, who was tried with the Rosenbergs, served 17 years and 9 months. In 2008, Sobell admitted he was a spy and confirmed Julius Rosenberg was "in a conspiracy that delivered to the Soviets classified military and industrial information and what the American government described as the secret to the atomic bomb."
Category: The 20th Century