U.S. Intellectual History Blog

recent evidence on the Rosenberg case

Over the last decades, historians seem to have reached a consensus regarding the Rosenberg case: that Julius was guilty of passing secrets to the Soviets, while his wife, Ethel, was not. Another piece of evidence recently corroborated that conclusion, as the Rosenbergs’ 91-year-old co-defendant, Morton Sobell, abruptly announced that he had been guilty. The admission contradicts the position that Sobell had taken ever since the 1951 verdict, which resulted in the deaths of both Rosenbergs. Read the New York Times coverage of the story.