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(On This Day In History) June 19, 1953 - Atomic Bomb Spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Executed
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Posted on 06/19/2007 11:09:54 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

June 19, 1953 : Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, a married couple convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1951, are put to death in the electric chair. The execution marked the dramatic finale of the most controversial espionage case of the Cold War.

Julius was arrested in July 1950, and Ethel in August of that same year, on the charge of conspiracy to commit espionage. Specifically, they were accused of heading a spy ring that passed top-secret information concerning the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The Rosenbergs vigorously protested their innocence, but after a brief trial in March 1951 they were convicted. On April 5, 1951, a judge sentenced them to death. The pair was taken to Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, to await execution.

During the next two years, the couple became the subject of both national and international debate. Many people believed that the Rosenbergs were the victims of a surge of hysterical anticommunist feeling in the United States, and protested that the death sentence handed down was cruel and unusual punishment. Most Americans, however, believed that the Rosenbergs had been dealt with justly.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke for many Americans when he issued a statement declining to invoke executive clemency for the pair. He stated, "I can only say that, by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenbergs may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world. The execution of two human beings is a grave matter. But even graver is the thought of the millions of dead whose deaths may be directly attributable to what these spies have done."

Julius Rosenberg was the first to be executed, at about 8 p.m. on June 19, 1953. Just a few minutes after his body was removed from the chamber containing the electric chair, Ethel Rosenberg was led in and strapped to the chair. She was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m. Both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths. Two sons, Michael and Robert, survived them.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: anniversary; atombomb; atomicbomb; betterdeadthanred; coldwar; commiepigs; commies; communism; communismkills; crime; electricchair; espionage; execution; reddiaperdoperbabies; rosenbergs; singsing; stalinsminions; traitors; treason
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As communists, the Rosenbergs undoubtedly believed that hell didn't exist.

I ma sure that they have since learned otherwise, much to their eternal chagrin...

1 posted on 06/19/2007 11:10:04 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Ethel and Julius Rosenberg after their conviction
2 posted on 06/19/2007 11:10:52 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Mugshot of Ethel Rosenberg.
3 posted on 06/19/2007 11:11:42 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Police photograph of Julius Rosenberg after his arrest.
4 posted on 06/19/2007 11:12:27 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

It still pops my cork that people claimed the Rosenbergs were innocent, knowing that they weren’t.


5 posted on 06/19/2007 11:12:43 AM PDT by Greg F (<><)
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To: DogByte6RER

none of your photos are appearing


6 posted on 06/19/2007 11:13:02 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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More background about the Rosenbergs at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg


7 posted on 06/19/2007 11:14:23 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Retired Greyhound

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The pics are showing up at my end.

They are the same photos that you can find at the link at Post #7.


8 posted on 06/19/2007 11:15:40 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Retired Greyhound
none of your photos are appearing

Strange..works for me.

9 posted on 06/19/2007 11:15:44 AM PDT by bkepley
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To: DogByte6RER

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger walk the streets.


10 posted on 06/19/2007 11:16:51 AM PDT by TommyDale (Rudy Giulianiís candidacy is fading faster than an abortionistís conscience.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Mr Rosenberg looks like Himmler in that police photo.


11 posted on 06/19/2007 11:20:55 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (This Tag line has been temporarily suspended by order of Col. Chavez.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I say dig the communist scumbags up and zap ‘em again just on general principle.

Few people fully understand the impact of what the Rosenbergs did by helping the Soviet Union obtain America’s nuclear secrets, how many millions of people died from 1949 (the year of the first Soviet A-bomb) until Communism finally collapsed in ‘91?

The answer? Millions that didn’t HAVE to die if the Soviet Union had not been able to wield the global power and influence that becoming nuclear-capable provided to them. Yes, there is a good probability that the Soviets would have gone nuclear eventually, but the Rosenberg traitors made it happen that much sooner.


12 posted on 06/19/2007 11:21:06 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jan 20, 2009 - "We Don't Know. Where Rudy Went. Just Glad He's Not. The President. Burma Shave.")
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To: TommyDale
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton and Sandy Berger walk the streets.

Add Bill Richardson to that list.

 

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13 posted on 06/19/2007 11:21:16 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
none of your photos are appearing

We voted while you were away and you aren't going to be allowed to see pictures.

I, of course voted to allow you to see them.

14 posted on 06/19/2007 11:21:26 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: DogByte6RER
I don’t hear much about julius and ethel lately. Guess their fellow-travelers have died off or become environmentalists. It’s a damn shame a few hundred more commies weren’t executed for treason. Hiss, primarily.
15 posted on 06/19/2007 11:21:49 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: DogByte6RER

wierd.

Anyway, I went to the link and saw the pics. They look guilty.

“mug” is the operative word for Ethel’s mug shot. Quite a mug.


16 posted on 06/19/2007 11:21:57 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: DogByte6RER

a day of mourning for the clintonistas and the hyannis orcinus clan.


17 posted on 06/19/2007 11:24:10 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: ozzymandus
It’s a damn shame a few hundred more commies weren’t executed for treason. Hiss, primarily.

Read Ann Coulter's book, "Treason" for a pretty good list.

18 posted on 06/19/2007 11:24:50 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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Sing Sing electric chair - "Old Sparky" Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
19 posted on 06/19/2007 11:25:08 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Graybeard58

Darn. How close was the vote?

And how did you know I was away?

Thanks, of course, for your support. It is good to know where you stand.


20 posted on 06/19/2007 11:26:46 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: DogByte6RER

Ah yes... thr good ole days when they really did execute traitors.


21 posted on 06/19/2007 11:29:14 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Graybeard58

I own it.


22 posted on 06/19/2007 11:40:26 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: DogByte6RER

Appropriately, Julius Rosenberg’s KGB code name was LIBERAL.


23 posted on 06/19/2007 11:42:40 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Diversity in theory is the enemy of diversity in practice.)
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To: ozzymandus
Guess their fellow-travelers have died off or become environmentalists.

Their sons were adopted by a fellow Communist named Abel Meeropol.

He is famous for having written the lyrics to Strange Fruit - a song popularized by Billie Holiday.

Their older son, Michael, is a Marxist professor of economics at Western New England College and a leftwing radio commentator.

Their younger son, Robert, was a leader in the anti-Vietnam movement (he was associated with John Kerry in those days) became the editor of The Socialist Review and is now a criminal defense attorney in MA.

Ivy, Michael's daughter, is a documentary filmmaker who made a film about her family and her grandparents' "moral innocence" entitled Heirs To An Execution. She also made an anti-Bush documentary about Congress entitled The Hill.

Robert's daughter Rachel is an attorney for the Center For Constitutional Rights - a Marxist legal partnership whose best-known partners are the late William Kunstler and Ron Kuby.

24 posted on 06/19/2007 11:43:47 AM PDT by wideawake ("Pearl Harbor is all America's fault, right, Mommy?" - Ron Paul, age 6, 12/7/1941)
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To: DogByte6RER
I remember sitting on the bed in my grandmother’s bedroom and listening to the news coverage of the executions. Things like that can have a profound effect on a 12-year-old boy. I remember sitting in the same place and listening to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. Some of the happiest days of my life were in that house, spending parts of my Summer vacation from school with them.
25 posted on 06/19/2007 11:51:39 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: DogByte6RER
Nowadays, people give away top secrets just to score political points and try and win a Pulitzer.
26 posted on 06/19/2007 11:51:57 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Sherman Logan

I sure am glad the Venona decrypts became available. Lots of liberal myths exploded.


27 posted on 06/19/2007 11:52:36 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: wideawake
Ivy, Michael's daughter, is a documentary filmmaker who made a film about her family and her grandparents' "moral innocence" entitled Heirs To An Execution.

The title should have been Heirs to the Crime of the Century

28 posted on 06/19/2007 11:55:50 AM PDT by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: ozzymandus
She says that the only thing McCarthy got wrong was he underestimated the number of commies that had infiltrated the government.
29 posted on 06/19/2007 11:56:37 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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“It’s a damn shame that a few hundred more commies weren’t executed for treason. Hiss primarily.”

Don’t forget Klaus Fuchs, who was at the center of the Soviet espionage effort at Los Alamos that included Harry Gold, the Rosenbergs, and others. Fuchs confessed, and he was sentenced by the Brits to 14 years in prison and released after 9 years.

30 posted on 06/19/2007 12:03:08 PM PDT by riverdawg
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To: wideawake

Rotten apples don’t fall very far from the tree.


31 posted on 06/19/2007 12:05:45 PM PDT by riverdawg
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To: DogByte6RER

Would that every similarly dangerous traitor should meet the same fate.


32 posted on 06/19/2007 12:09:27 PM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: wideawake
The book “Mitrokin Archives” debunked the idea that the Rosenbergs were innocent, since the KGB archives showed he definitely was a spy and she knew.
33 posted on 06/19/2007 12:24:12 PM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: jwparkerjr

“Some of the happiest days of my life were in that house..”

Because the 50s were the best years in America.


34 posted on 06/19/2007 12:49:53 PM PDT by 353FMG (America first, last and forever.)
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To: Sherman Logan

He had two codenames. The other was “Engineer”. And I may be wrong, but wasn’t he, initially, an asset of the GRU doing industrial [especially signals/electronics] espionage?


35 posted on 06/19/2007 12:59:20 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: riverdawg

Throw in Donald McLean, who was the British Embassy liaison with the U.S Atomic Energy program.


36 posted on 06/19/2007 1:02:19 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

She apparently recruited David Greenglass [her brother-in-law] to the ring. He was assigned to the Los Alamos project as a machinist.


37 posted on 06/19/2007 1:04:10 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

Yup. But I thought LIBERAL was more fun.

I’m not sure about the GRU stuff.


38 posted on 06/19/2007 1:12:56 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Diversity in theory is the enemy of diversity in practice.)
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To: PzLdr

Yup. But I thought LIBERAL was more fun.

I’m not sure about the GRU stuff.


39 posted on 06/19/2007 1:15:24 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Diversity in theory is the enemy of diversity in practice.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

from what I’ve read, Julius was the spy. Ethel knew and approved, but wasn’t actively involved. The Feds tried to use her to get to Julius, but she wouldn’t flip, and Julius wouldn’t confess to save her. Both would likely have been spared the electric chair had they admitted guilt. They chose their fate, wanting to die as martyrs.


40 posted on 06/19/2007 1:17:02 PM PDT by kms61
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To: wideawake

I say the whole Rosenberg clan should be treated in a way consistant with their chosen political philosophy.

Nuff said.


41 posted on 06/19/2007 1:18:01 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: BallyBill
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42 posted on 06/19/2007 1:24:39 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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43 posted on 06/19/2007 1:25:06 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: kms61

The Rosenbergs were involved in espionage for the USSR well before the A-bomb theft. And Ethel apparently recruited her sister’s husband, David Greenglass, when he was assigned to Los Alamos as an Army machinist. She also appears to have helped in typing reports to the russians.


44 posted on 06/19/2007 1:32:27 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: mkjessup
there is a good probability that the Soviets would have gone nuclear eventually

Not to excuse the 'bergs, both of whom deserved to be executed, but our intelligence services (a) knew there was no way an operation the size of Los Alamos would not be compromised, (b) expected the Soviets to have a bomb sometimes after we demonstrated its feasibility over Japan.

The key to having the bomb were top level physicists, many of whom were Jewish. Since after the Holocaust, the two remaining largest populations of Jews were in the US & USSR, guess who had the bombs first?

45 posted on 06/19/2007 1:32:39 PM PDT by Chuck Dent
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To: DogByte6RER

A memory from the good old days when traitors were executed. Such things are done away in the post-treason age.


46 posted on 06/19/2007 1:32:56 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: PzLdr
"Throw in Donald McLean, who was the British Embassy liaison with the U.S Atomic Energy program."

I only liked one of his songs anyways...


47 posted on 06/19/2007 1:38:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: kms61
“... Ethel ... wasn’t actively involved.”

That was the fall-back position of the revisionists after it became obvious that Julius was guilty. However, there is evidence, as others have posted, that she recruited her brother (not brother-in-law), David Greenglass, into the spy ring and that she typed all of Julius’ reports to his Soviet contact. In his autobiography, Roy Cohn stated his belief that Ethel, not Julius, was the mastermind of the operation; she was older, smarter, and a more committed ideologue than Julius.

48 posted on 06/19/2007 1:52:51 PM PDT by riverdawg
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To: riverdawg

I was going by a book I read as a history text in the eighties, which at the time was supposed to be the definitive work. If there’s been more recent information, I defer to it.


49 posted on 06/19/2007 2:19:42 PM PDT by kms61
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To: jwparkerjr

I remember the night before their execution going to Broadway and 86th Street in Manhattan with my father to buy a newspaper. There was a very, very large protest to save the Rosenbergs going on. A man approached my father with a petition to sign and my Dad rolled it up and shoved it in the guy’s face along with a punch. The man did nothing and said nothing. I think he knew not to mess with my Dad who as a very patriotic American and a vet. I was only about six years old at the time, but later when I grew up I did read about the Rosenbergs. I think they did it for money.


50 posted on 06/19/2007 2:39:38 PM PDT by maxwellp
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