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Posted on Jul 22, 2008
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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

A federal judge has ruled that the testimony of David Greenglass, who helped convict his sister in one of the most famous trials in American history, shall remain secret. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago for conspiracy to commit espionage. Greenglass has since recanted parts of his testimony.


New York Yimes:

The witness who objected to having his testimony made public, David Greenglass, the brother of Ethel Rosenberg, was a co-conspirator and a key government witness whose testimony helped convict Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were executed at Sing Sing on June 19, 1953.

Mr. Greenglass, now 86, is one of the most controversial figures in the enduring spy case, historians say, as years after his sister’s execution he recanted his testimony that she had typed some of his espionage notes. He had testified against her to spare his wife, Ruth, from prosecution, and is widely seen as helping to cause Ethel’s conviction and execution.

A group of historians had petitioned for the release of the still-secret testimony, running more than 1,000 pages, of the witnesses who appeared before the grand jury in the Rosenberg case and a related one in 1950 and 1951.

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By cyrena, July 23, 2008 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment

Re: Inherit..

“There was no judge, prosecutor or jury in America that could be impartial.  The Rosenbergs were Jews, Communists, New Yorkers and, therefore, in the eyes of most Americans then, and a disturbing number of Truthdig posters today, deserving of nothing better than execution for a trumped-up crime…”

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I agree with you again, including the cruel reality that says little has changed. The worst of it is the failure of the system, (our society) itself, to be able to provide then, (as now) an impartial judge, jury, or prosecutor, BECAUSE the Rosenbergs were Jews, Communists and New Yorkers. THAT’S what totally undermines the system every time. Attach a stereotype..any stereotype will do, and if they’ve got a few to combine, then all the better. Never mind the whole point of a trial, which is to determine the TRUTH. The facts.

And so it becomes of case of ‘who’ they were, and not ‘what’ they did or didn’t do. That’s still the case today. Makes me sick too.

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By diamond, July 23, 2008 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment

Why the fuss? Show trials like these take place all the time in totalitarian regimes. Someone had to be executed and the Rosenbergs were the someones. Be thankful the evidence wasn’t found in a pumpkin because then you’d know it was Nixon. Again.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, July 23, 2008 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

Bamba,

I don’t think it helps your case to call people names. Do your best to defend your position, and may the best argument win.

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By Blackspeare, July 23, 2008 at 7:45 am Link to this comment

It is interesting to note that the judge and lead prosecutor, in this infamous trial, were all Jewish which goes to prove that if you want to get a Jew use a Jew——works every time!!!!!

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By tomack, July 23, 2008 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

Left or Right has nothing to do with it; you either have hate in your heart or you don’t. Prejudice is an equal party provider. And you are right, there are many among us. r

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By tomack, July 23, 2008 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

Left or Right has nothing to do with it; you either have hate in your heart or you don’t. Prejudice is an equal party provider. And you are right, there are many among us.

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By bamba, July 23, 2008 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

ITW: ....and a disturbing number of Truthdig posters today….

No kidding. There is a hard-core group of Jew-haters habituating the comment sections of Truthdig who (lamely) try to justify their antisemitic bigotry by claiming to be merely “anti-Zionist”.

The really interesting part of this phenomenon is why the David Duke-ites choose to hang out at Truthdig, and why Truthdig tolerates (and even encourages and agitates for) this disgusting outpouring of hate.

That, of course, is the bellweather symptom of the abject moral decline of Left - the creeping disease of scapegoat politics that always shows up first as Jew-hating, but eventually spreads to other ethnic and national groups. The Left is in deep, deep trouble.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 23, 2008 at 4:00 am Link to this comment

The judgement of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg has gone down in history as one of the most deadly failures of our cherished Constitutional Rights to protect the accused. The case against Julius was weak at best—he was a machinist who really had no idea what nuclear technology was or how it worked.  It was like saying a Bushman who never saw a car then hot-wired a Corvette.

But the case against Ethel was non-existent.  David Greenglass was faced with Sophie’s Choice—his sister or his wife and chose his wife.  It’s no wonder he’s now a twisted man.

There was no judge, prosecutor or jury in America that could be impartial.  The Rosenbergs were Jews, Communists, New Yorkers and, therefore, in the eyes of most Americans then, and a disturbing number of Truthdig posters today, deserving of nothing better than execution for a trumped-up crime.

The Walkers and Hansen clearly and definitely got people killed but are still alive.  The Rosenbergs were never shown to have gotten anybody killed.

But the Rosenbergs were Jews and Communists and the Walkers and Hansen were Christian and in it for the money.  So they lived and the Rosenbergs died.

Their sons, the Meeropols, grew up without parents as a result.

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