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Ethel Rosenberg and husband Julius Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in 1951. They were both executed by the U.S. government in 1953.
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Both presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower were asked to give them clemency, but refused to grant a presidential pardon. The Rosenbergs fought for their lives through a series of court appeals, but to no avail.
Ethel Rosenberg was executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, on June 19, 1953,
just minutes after her husband was put to death. A rabbi had reportedly asked to Ethel to cooperate with authorities after Julius's death to stop her execution, but she refused. According to The New York Times, she said, "I have no names to give. I'm innocent."
The case against Ethel Rosenberg has been questioned extensively since her death. While more evidence on her husband has emerged over the years, Ethel's role in the conspiracy has remained unclear. The most damaging testimony came from her own brother. David Greenglass, however, later admitted that he lied about his sister's involvement in the case.
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