Rosenbergs Spy Trial

June 19, 1953–The Beginning Of Awareness Of Public Affairs For This Author

On this day in 1953, this author gained his first awareness of public affairs at the age of 8 and a half, an age that most people will remember as their first major memory of life outside their own family life, and learning about the outside world.

On that day, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, accused atomic spies, were executed, an event still debated 65 years later as to its justice.

This author was watching television, and recall the shock he experienced over the execution that took place that evening.

So that was the beginning of awareness of public affairs, and it has continued through good and evil events for the past 65 years.

And to wake up this morning and witness the US government arresting mothers and fathers for trying to escape violence and threats of death in their homelands, and wishing to seek asylum, and being treated as criminals, and their children being taken away from them, even infants who are nursing, ails his heart and soul.

It makes him wonder what has happened to this nation, the country of the Statue of Liberty and place of refuge for immigrants, that we have now demonized these desperate people who just want a better life, and are being horribly mistreated by the likes of Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly and other racists and nativists who pursue the evil policies of a President who hopes all of us will give in, and allow him to become the first authoritarian leader in American history.

The answer is that knowledge is power, and that the American people will continue to resist, and the news media, bless them, are part of our constant effort to expose the truth and to pursue justice, and take down and prosecute the evil leaders who are destroying all semblance of unity in this nation!

Decent people in organized religion, and lawyers, doctors, social workers, educators at all levels, and just Americans who care about more than their economic wealth, will unite to overcome this cancer in our midst.

We cannot give up the battle, as otherwise it will consume us!

The Beginning Of Current Events For “The Progressive Professor”: The Rosenbergs Executed, June 19, 1953!

On this day, June 19, 57 years ago, at the age of eight and a half, current events, rather than history, began for the author!

I remember vividly watching television, and having whatever show I was watching, being suddenly interrupted by a news bulletin, declaring that “The Rosenbergs”, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted atomic spies, had been executed, leaving behind two young sons!

For a little boy, the whole concept of execution was shocking enough and scary enough that it became the first real memory of current events that I would recall! I did not understand the whole case at that young an age, but as I studied it in later years, I became convinced that this couple were not given a fair trial, and doubts still exist even today as to the guilt of one or both of them!

Their sons have spent a lifetime trying to clear their parents’ names, but the fact is that it was unprecedented that President Dwight D. Eisenhower would NOT give them a pardon from the death penalty, and instead give them life without parole!

Why was it shocking what Ike did? Because NEVER before or since has any convicted spy been executed, with all of them having a life term instead! 🙁

Why did the Rosenbergs have to die? It is obvious that it was a “political” trial in the era of McCarthyism, and that the couple had to be the “sacrificial lambs” to quiet those led by Joseph McCarthy involved in promoting the Red Scare!

So for 57 years now, the author has been witnessing what others call “history”, but he considers “current events!” 🙂