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THE ROSENBERG CASE Declared the espionage trial of the century Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were accused convicted and executed on the basis that they passed the secrets of the Atomic Bomb to the Soviets Okun pg5 Their execution took place on June 19 1953 in New Yorks Sing Sing Prison by way of the electric chair pg5 Their conviction and immediate death sentence sparked controversy and division among the people of America and the people of the world pg6 Although some believed the Rosenbergs were true war enemies most people believed they were used as scapegoats for Cold War paranoia which questioned the governments role in securing the United States pg6 There were three defendants including Julius Rosenberg Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell Radosh pg 13 Julius Rosenberg was born on May 12 1918 in New York City pg23 He was the son of Polish immigrants who worked the labor and assembly lines of factories pg23 Although his father desired Julius to become a rabbi Julius enrolled at a city college in New York to study electrical engineering pg23 While in college Julius pursued his other interest politics Joining the Steinmetz Club and Young Communists League he met Morton Sobell William Pearl and Joel Barr pg28 After graduating in 1939 Julius did freelance work until he was hired in 1940 as a civilian employee of the US Army signal Corpse pg28 Julius became the chairman of Branch 16B in the Communist Party and was later fired for his involvement with the party pg35 He formed his own business in 1946 with David Greenglass Bernard Greenglass and Isadore Goldstein pg25 To Juliuss surprise on June 17 1950 he was arrested on suspicion of espionage after being identified by David Greenglass pg 15 Although he maintained his innocence throughout the trial Julius was put to death as a result of his conviction pg
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