Ethel Rosenberg with Husband Julius

Ethel Rosenberg’s Jewish identity was forged not by any ties to traditional Judaism but by her political radicalism. Indeed, when she and her husband, Julius, were charged with espionage, attempts were made by their fellow "leftists" to link their prosecution with antisemitism. But the established Jewish community, fearing any association with Jewish radicalism, rejected this charge. The couple was convicted on March 29, 1951, and sentenced to death, the only two American civilians to be executed for espionage-related activity during the Cold War.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ethel Rosenberg with Husband Julius." (Viewed on July 21, 2019) <https://jwa.org/media/rosenberg-ethel-1-still-image>.

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