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Oct 7, 2014 - In 1951, the Cold War was at a fever pitch. War raged in Korea. The iron curtain had fallen across Europe. And in the Nevada desert, the U.S. military held training exercises for nuclear war by setting off actual nuclear explosions.
And in New York, a remarkable story was playing out in a courtroom: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of spying, for conspiring to pass atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union, for which they were executed by electric chair. It was the highest profile case of the so-called “Red Scare,” when the hunt for communist infiltrators drove the country to a frenzy.
Today, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University is unveiling a new exhibit featuring a collection of documents from the case, including more than 500 letters the Rosenbergs wrote from prison. Listen to the full story including an interview with RFC founder and Rosenberg son, Robert Meeropol, at the link above.
By Lu FeorinoApril 18, 2014
EASTHAMPTON — The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild plans to honor Robert Meeropol, former executive director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children in Easthampton, next month in Cambridge.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the chapter's annual gala at 6 pm. May 16 at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, according to a press release from the guild. Get more details in the story at the link above.
By James Sullivan, September 3, 2013
EASTHAMPTON — When Jenn Meeropol’s second-grade teacher began introducing her students to social studies, her first question for them was, “What does government do?”
“They killed my grandparents,” Meeropol replied. Read the rest of the story at the link above.
August 12, 2013 - Robert Meeropol considers Bradley Manning a hero, and in an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, declared, "...those responsible for the things Manning revealed will go unpunished. And our leaders will continue to do everything in their power to hide the truth. I wish all the world's armies were made up of people like Bradley Manning." Read the rest of the story at the link above.
Robert Meeropol and Jenn Meeropolguardian.co.uk, Saturday 15 June 2013 08.30 EDT
We are Robert and Jenn Meeropol, son and granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. We are acutely aware of the political lessons to be drawn from the conviction and execution of the Rosenbergs at the height of the McCarthy period. Read the rest of Robert and Jenn's commentary from the 60th anniversary of the Rosenbergs' executions, at the link above.
Date: 06/14/2013Contributor: Karen Brown
Dateline: Easthampton, MA
NEPR's Karen Brown spoke this week with Robert Meeropol -- and his daughter Jenn -- who will soon be taking over the reins of the foundation from her father. Robert Meeropol says he sees parallels between the anti-communist hysteria he blames for his parents' deaths .... and current events -- such as the wiki-leaks trial of Bradley Manning and new revelations over government surveillance. Hear the interview at the link above.
Sam Roberts, Urban affairs correspondent, "New York Times"Posted: 06/12/2013 12:24 pm
On Sunday, the Rosenberg Fund for Children will sponsor a program titled "Carry It Forward: Celebrate the Children of Resistance" at Town Hall. Among the scheduled participants are Angela Davis, the radical activist and former university professor, and Eve Ensler, an author and actress.
Robert Meeropol, the Rosenbergs' younger son and founder of the fund, is being succeeded as executive director by his daughter Jenn, who is 40.
"To mark the 60th anniversary of the politically motivated execution of my parents," he said, "I am joining with my family and others to reaffirm our commitment to ensure that children of contemporary political prisoners and other progressive activists in the United States do not suffer in isolation, without the support of a broader community." Get the rest of the story at the link above.
By MADELEINE LIST
Gazette Contributing Writer
EASTHAMPTON — The Rosenberg Fund for Children’s slogan is “carry it forward.” For its founder, that means letting a daughter take it from here.
“A part of the mission of the RFC is to pass on progressive values from one generation to the next,” said Robert Meeropol, the fund’s founder and executive director. “We don’t want to just talk that line, we want to act on it as an organization as well.”
In September, Jenn Meeropol, 40, daughter of Robert Meeropol and granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, will take over leadership of the organization, which is headquartered in the Eastworks building in Easthampton. Read the full article at the link above.
An in-depth interview of Robert Meeropol by Genton Mroaes Neto for the Brazilian Globo News program "Dossiê". Intro and questions in Portuguese but Robert's responses in English, with Portueguese subtitles. Watch the video at the link above...
21/06/2012 - 05h00
Robert Meeropol, nascido Rosenberg, tinha 6 anos quando seus pais, o engenheiro Julius e a sindicalista Ethel, foram executados nos EUA em 1953, no auge do macartismo -a caça às bruxas anticomunista que marcou o início da Guerra Fria.
Hoje, o antropólogo e advogado Meeropol -- sobrenome adotado do casal que o criou e ao seu irmão, Michael, depois da morte dos pais - acha que há traços do macartismo no pânico antiterrorista que tomou os EUA depois dos atentados do 11 de Setembro.
"Você justifica tudo pelo medo. As pessoas vão abrir mão da liberdade pela segurança", diz ele, que está no Brasil a convite do Centro Cultural Midrash, do Rio, dirigido pelo rabino Nilton Bonder...
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