The 1950s Speeches & Audio

Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

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Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

(3 min) tv-pg

Broadcast just 15 minutes before the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on June 19, 1953, a news report recounts the last-minute U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a stay of execution for the pair. The Rosenbergs were the first U.S. citizens to be executed for espionage after their conviction for transmitting atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

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