Rosenbergs executed

Rosenbergs executed

On June 19, 1953, despite international pleas for clemency, U.S. civilians Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed in the electric chair in Ossining, New York. Known for their communist leanings, they were convicted of assisting a Los Alamos spy pass atomic secrets to the Soviets. Occurring at the height of “red menace” hysteria in the United States in the 1950s, evidence suggests that the government was not certain whether the Rosenbergs were guilty. In one of her last letters before being executed, Ethel Rosenberg wrote, “my husband and I must be vindicated by history; we are the first victims of American Fascism.”