The Rosenberg trial . TIMELINE. March 1917-Russian Revolution begins. 1929-Communist party within the United States is founded. Julius Rosenberg enters City College of New York; is involved in radical politics. Summer, 1939- Julius and Ethel Rosenberg married.
There are several reasons why Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested in the summer of 1950, and later sentenced to death by the government in 1953.
The conspiracy against the Rosenbergs occurred right after the second world war. At this point in history, the American people were paranoid about having a nuclear war with Russia. They were constantly looking for people within the United States who might be Russian spies. Julius Rosenberg, in the eyes of the public, was very suspicious. He had made several mysterious trips to New Mexico. He was also a member of the Communist Party within the United States. However, historians see no reason for the arrest of his wife.
Judge Irving Kaufman was just 40 years old when he presided the Rosenberg case. Kaufman was
Something of a prodigy.
He finished law school by 20. And, although a Jew, was nicknamed
“Pope Kaufman.” Kaufman was described by Julius as a “cross between a rabbinical student and an army sergeant.
Very recently, David Greenglass, brother of Ethel Rosenberg, admitted that he framed his sister and brother-in- law. It was in fact he who had been designing drawings of atomic warfare. Although a public apology from the government was let out, I don’t think it justified what happened.