Rosenberg and his wife, Ethel, remain the only two civilians ever executed in American history for the crime of treason. While life imprisonment would have sufficed for Julius, and Ethel probably was almost not guilty and deserved at most a year in prison, Julius can, in truth, be largely blamed for the length of the Cold War.
Neurenberg 1946. Executed nazi leaders. From left to right, top to bottom: Frick, Schreicher, Saukel, Jodl, Goering, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner, Rosenberg, Frank and Seyss-Inquart Reichskommissar for the Occupied Netherlands. #worldwar2 #seyss-inquart
***TODAY IN HISTORY*** Jun 19, 1953: Rosenbergs executed On this day in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. Both refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths, by the electric chair. The Rosenbergs were the first U.S. citizens to be convicted and executed for espionage.
Ethel Rosenberg and Julius Rosenberg were American communists who were convicted and executed on June 19, 1953, for conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war. Their charges were related to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. This was the only execution of civilians for espionage in United States history.
American communists Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted in 1951 for providing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. The couple were put to death in the electric chair in 1953 following an outcry of public support that continues to this day.