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Progressive ‘Activists’ Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Were Executed on This Day in 1953

June 19, 2009

All those who value America’s liberties should solemnly observe that on this day 56 years ago the Communist traitors Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed.

It is unclear how many American lives were lost as a result of their actions.

The left had denied the guilt of its slain martyrs for decades, arguing that they were condemned to death in a wave of anti-Communist hysteria. Even nowadays after their co-defendant Morton Sobell admitted the Rosenbergs (or at least Julius–Ethel might have been a silent observer or accomplice after the fact) were Soviet spies, the Rosenbergs’ children and a few diehard nutters continue to defend them.

Robert Meeropol, a son of the Rosenbergs, now runs the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that, in Meeropol’s words, was created to enable radical left-wing activists “to rally around the children of this era’s targeted activists.”

On the website’s “Our Story” page, he dances around the question of his parents’ treachery and demonstrates that he hates America as much as his parents did. Using wording one might expect to find at the website of the Communist Party USA, Meeropol, who embraces the convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, writes: 

In recent years, we have witnessed the most rapid and widespread erosion of our civil liberties since the 1950’s. Those who speak out in opposition to our criminal war abroad and the growing repression at home are condemned as “traitors” and treated as enemies of the state. These conditions are familiar to anyone who lived through the anti-communist hysteria of the 1950’s.

The Rosenberg Fund puts on a celebrity-studded performance every year called “Celebrate the Children of Resistance.” The list of America-hating performers and celebrities who have participated in the event in recent years is telling: the lifelong communist Angela Davis, the longtime communist Pete Seeger, the pro-Castro entertainer Harry Belafonte, and the Marxist professor Howard Zinn.

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One Comment
  1. Robert Segal permalink
    August 7, 2009 3:30 am

    The Rosenbergs got what they deserved. Happily, the electric chair had not yet been replaced by something more comfortable. Ethel could have avoided the death penalty but refused. She cared more about loyalty to the Commies than love for her children.

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