First Person: Robert Meeropol

First Person: Robert Meeropol
05.29.2012
My parents were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American communists executed in 1953 for conspiracy to commit espionage. I was three years old when they were arrested and six when they were executed. It was the McCarthy era; the US government basically said there’s an international communist conspiracy that will destroy our way of life, and national security takes precedence. I believe the government knew my mother was innocent. They took her hostage anyway and, figuratively speaking, held a gun to her head and told my father, “You’ll talk or we’ll kill her.” When he didn’t talk, they killed her....(Read the full story at the link above.)