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Seven children belong to the four couples charged with being spies for Russian intelligence services
Chris McGreal in Washington
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 30 June 2010 21.14 BST
Katie Murphy, 11, said goodbye to her parents to go to a a friend's birthday party and sleepover. When she got home next morning, her mother and father had been arrested and FBI agents were turning her bedroom upside down. Neighbours looked on astonished as Katie and her sister Lisa, seven, left the house carrying pillows and backpacks and accompanied by a female FBI agent.
In all, seven children belong to the four couples charged with being spies. Some are too young to understand other than that their parents are gone...
Going back to the real cold war, perhaps the most heart-wrenching case of such children is the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Robert and Michael were six and 10 in 1953 when their parents were put to death for passing atomic secrets to Moscow. They have spent their lives grappling with that.
Read the rest of the story at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/30/russian-spies-families-children.
Published: Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 8:00 AM
By Judy Peet
MONTCLAIR — Less than a week ago, 11-year-old Katie Murphy was proudly receiving multiple awards at her 5th-grade graduation. Now, no one in her Montclair neighborhood knows what happened to Katie and her younger sister, Lisa, who were last seen in the company of the FBI after their parents were arrested Sunday night as Russian agents...
In the past century in the U.S. , there have been just a handful of cases involving both parents’ simultaneous arrest for spying. The most notorious involves Robert and Michael Rosenberg, who were just 6 and 10 in 1953 when their parents, Ethel and Julius, became the only Americans executed as Russian spies. More than 50 years later, Robert Meeropol — his adopted name — is director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, a non-profit organization that supports the offspring of imprisoned dissidents. Although he is currently abroad and not available for comment, Meeropol discusses what it feels like to be the child in this situation on the fund’s website...
Read the rest at http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/accused_russian_spies_children_nightmare.html
ROBERT MEEROPOL talks about the 20th anniversary of the Rosenberg Fund for Children and reports on new info on the Rosenberg case in the new book Exoneration by Emily and David Alman.
By: Kitty Bennett | Source: AARP Bulletin Today | April 4, 2010
Except for vague impressions of living in a tiny apartment with a warm and loving family, Robert Meeropol remembers very little about his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, sentenced to death 59 years ago today for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviets.
Meeropol, who was 3 when his parents were arrested, says his first real memories of his parents were of the times he visited them in prison. Rather than being traumatic, those visits were comforting, he recalls.
The Rosenbergs’ impending executions prompted protests worldwide. Robert, then 6, and his brother Michael, 10, also demonstrated with their grandmother at the White House just days before their parents were put to death in the electric chair in the summer of 1953...(read the rest of the story at the link below).
01:00 AM EST on Saturday, November 21, 2009
By Thomas J. Morgan
Journal Staff Writer
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are shown in 1951, during their trial for espionage in New York City.
AP FILE PHOTO
PROVIDENCE — “Julius Rosenberg was involved in something illegal — no one is claiming he was totally innocent — but he was not stealing atomic secrets.”
That was the view of Robert Meeropol in an interview Tuesday. His parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed in 1953 after being found guilty of espionage for passing information to the Soviet Union about the landmark U.S. effort to create nuclear weapons in World War II.
Now, there is a new documentary film that Meeropol said will shed some light on the case...(read more at the link below)
The Essential Lessons of the Rosenberg Case
By Michael and Robert Meeropol
October 5, 2008
We are the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. We were young children -- 10 and 6 years old, respectively -- when our parents were put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing for passing the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
For many years after that, we believed our parents to be wholly innocent of the charges against them. But over the years, and especially as further evidence became available at the end of the Cold War, we began to question that belief.
Now, 55 years after their execution, two recent revelations in our parents' case have again rekindled fierce debate about their culpability. But in our opinion, these disclosures -- the release of our aunt's sworn statements to a grand jury and a surprise new admission by our parents' codefendant -- have obscured both the essence and the essential lessons of the Rosenberg case... (read more at the link below)
Hosts: Esther Kaplan and Marilyn Kleinberg NeimarkWBAI radio (Pacifica)
October 26, 2008
The Case Against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: New Revelations
In 1953, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for passing the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. This fall, the release of grand jury transcripts and the admission by co-defendant Morton Sobel lthat he and Julius Rosenberg passed industrial and military (but not atomic) secrets to the USSR during WWII, have re-opened the debate over their culpability and the handling of their case by the U.S. government. We talk about these revelations with their younger son, Robert Meeropol...(listen to the interview at the link below)
By Elizabeth CorridanABC 40 (WGGB TV, Springfield, MA)
Sep 23, 2008 11:15 PM
EASTHAMPTON, Mass (abc40) - Robert and Michael Meeropol live quiet lives in Western Massachusetts, but they have an extraordinary story to tell. Their parents were executed, convicted of giving the secret of the atomic bomb to the Soviets during World War II. The brothers have always maintained their parents' case was unfair. Now they say the have the proof...(more at the link below)
CBS National News
September 15, 2008
Questions from the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans ever to be executed for espionage in peacetime, may finally be answered. Russ Mitchell reports...(view the video at the link below)
By Tina AntoliniWFCR Radio 88.5 (NPR member station)
September 24, 2008
AMHERST, MA- For days, western Massachusetts residents Michael and Robert Meeropol have been wading through newly released secret-grand-jury testimony, and they've been thinking about their parents' last words to them -- "always remember we were innocent and could not wrong our conscience." Their parents were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted and executed in 1953 for passing atomic secrets to the soviet union... In addition to the unsealed court documents, other new information came out last week from Morton Sobell -- one of the Rosenberg's co-defendants and a close friend of the Meeropols. He acknowledged to the New York Times that he had been a spy, and implicated Julius Rosenberg as well. WFCR's Tina Antolini reports on what all of this means to the Mereepols and to history...(listen to the story at the link below)
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