Rosenbergs: Destructive Spies In American History

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Sarah Gersema Ms. Younger English 10 March 15, 2015 The Rosenbergs The Rosenberg’s are the most viscous destructive spies in American history. The Rosenberg’s where model citizens, Julius graduated from city college of New York with degree in electrical engineering. In 1940 he joined the army signal corps, and became a leader in the young communist league. Ethel was a aspiring actress and singer, she later became a secretary at a shipping company and was also a member of the young communist league. In 1942 Julius and Ethel became full members of the American communist party (the .3). The Rosenberg’s lit a metaphoric fire by betraying the United States by sharing top secret information about the atomic bomb with the Soviet Union. The Rosenberg’s…show more content…
The Rosenberg’s were assigned judge Irving R. Kaufman, he sentenced the Rosenberg’s to death after concluding that their “betrayal… undoubtedly… Altered the course of history to the disadvantage of the United States”(web 2). Four individuals testified against them in their trial; Max Elitcher a 32 year-old electrical engineer employed by the naval bureau of ordinance during the 1940’s, David Greenglass 29 year-old brother of Ethel Rosenberg, Ruth Greenglass wife of David Greenglass, Harry Gold a 40 year-old chemist and Elizabeth Bentley a 44 year-old former soviet spy working for the United states. They all claimed to have been apart of the spy ring but had been giving all their information to Julius and Ethel. The Rosenberg’s never confessed to any of their crimes even on their execution day they wrote a letter to their two sons telling them that they had done nothing…show more content…
During WW11 Roosevelt was worried that the spread of communism would threaten the safety of the United States. With communism knocking on Americas back door 16 years later president Eisenhower thought that there was no better way to deal with spies then to have them sentenced to death, as he stated “I can only say that, by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war. The Rosenberg’s may have condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world. The execution of two human beings is a grave matter. But even greater is the thought of the millions of dead whose deaths may be directly attributed to what these spies have done” (Rosenberg’s 1). President Eisenhower did what was best for the United States in a time of National

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