Robert Meeropol's Biography

Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. In 1953, when he was six years old, the United States Government executed his parents for “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb.”

For more than 40 years he has been a progressive activist, author and public speaker. In the 1970’s he and his brother, Michael, successfully sued the FBI and CIA to force the release of 300,000 previously secret documents about their parents. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, graduated law school in 1985, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

In 1990, after leaving private practice, Robert started the Rosenberg Fund for Children and now serves as its Executive Director. The RFC provides for the educational and emotional needs of both targeted activist youth and children in this country whose parents have been harassed, injured, jailed, lost jobs or died in the course of their progressive activities. In its more than two decades, the Fund has awarded over $5.3 million in grants to benefit hundreds of children.

Robert’s memoir, AN EXECUTION IN THE FAMILY was published by St. Martin’s Press on the 50th anniversary of his parents’ executions. The book details his odyssey from Rosenberg son to political activist and founder of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Robert retired as Executive Director of the RFC on September 1, 2013. He remains on the Board of Directors and is concentrating on a new writing project about climate change and politics. He launched a new blog, Still Out on a Limb, in Fall 2013.  To read Robert’s goodbye to the RFC, see his last executive director’s report or his blogs through August 2013.

(updated 09/14)