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Guilty or innocent The story of Ethyl and Julius Rosenberg It was shortly after World War Two and the nation was going through another Red Scare Being a suspected communist made one as guilty as being a serial murderer in America Communist North Korea and China had recently invaded South Korea and the USSR had recently discovered the secret to atomic weapons When Russia detonated its first atom bomb Americans were infuriated They wanted to know how their Communist enemy got the secret to this dangerous weapon and they wanted to blame someone The Rosenbergs had led innocent enough lives Julius and Ethyl had met at a communist convention and were married shortly after in 1939 Julius joined the army signal corps in 1940 as a civilian worker and left the communist party in 1943 Accusers claim that this was when the Soviet Union first approached him He was fired in 1945 simply for being a communist even though he had left the party years ago Without a job Julius was unsure where to go Luckily Ethyls brother David Greenglass owned a machine shop where Julius could work and still support Ethyl and their two sons Michael and Robert In 1949 Harry Gold fingered Greenglass who had formerly worked at Los Alamos lab in New Mexico on an atomic bomb project for involvement in a spy ring that stretched around the globe Gold needed a scapegoat to relieve him of the punishment of espionage and since Greenglass had been involved as well he was the perfect opportunity Unfortunately when Greenglass went down he dragged Julius and Ethyl down with them A long train of spies who continued to point fingers upon being caught had tracked down Gold and neither Gold nor Greenglass altered the trend Upon his initial interrogation Greenglass claimed that his wife Ruth and both Rosenbergs were equally if not more involved than he was He ended up with 15-30 years in prison
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