The Rosenberg's Trial

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were married in 1939. That following year Julius took a job with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. David Greenglass (a machinist soldier) had stated in the trial that Julius began to mention espionage in Late 1943. After doing so the Rosenbergs dropped out of the Communist party and said it was to have more home time and to take care of their first child they had earlier that year.
According to Greenglass Julius had asked his wife, Ethel, to meet with David and ask him if he would be interested in getting information on the Manhattan Project. Greenglass then proceeded to take notes and sketches on the high explosive lens mold. Julius then started becoming worried when Klaus Fuch got caught, along with Harry Gold, and David Greenglass.

On June 16, 1950 FBI agents came to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s apartment and ask to have Julius answer some questions. Only Julius would not give any information away. On the evening of July 17 1950 Rosenberg was put into handcuffs. In efforts to get Julius to talk, FBI focused on the case of Ethel Rosenberg. Her testimony was weak and she was arrested on August 11, 1950. On March 6, 1951 the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell. All three was charged with espionage. U.S. Attorney Irving Saypol had said the defendants “ have committed the most serious crime whichh can be committed against the people of this country.” And later commented “ the weapons the Soviet Union could use to destroy us.” ( The Judge, Irving Kaufman, called their crime “worse than murder” and also blamed 50,000 American deaths in Korea.

Rosenberg Story

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