Friday, June 19, 2009

A Friday in 1953

Today is the 56th anniversary of the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. June 19th was a Friday in 1953, too, which has given this past week an additional resonance for Robert Meeropol, the Rosenbergs' younger son who is now the director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children (and MVFHR Board Vice-Chair). Each day week, Robby has been posting on the RFC blog a short account of his memories of that same day in 1953. Read the entire week's postings here.

It is also very much worth taking a few minutes today to watch these video clips from the RFC's 2007 event, "Celebrate the Children of Resistance," during which actors Eve Ensler and David Strathairn read the last letters that Ethel and Julius Rosenberg wrote to their children. The letters are extremely moving and remind us that, amidst all the political controversy surrounding the Rosenbergs' execution, theirs was also an execution that -- like so many in the years since -- left behind a grieving family.

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