The Rosenberg Executions

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk



The Murder of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg


Non Omnis Moriar


     On June 19, 1953, paid killers murdered Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in the Sing Sing prison in upstate New York. The purpose of these murders was to “keep the Jews in their place.” The killings were organized by J. Edgar Hoover, director of the F.B.I. and well known for his Jew baiting, and approved by then President Dwight Eisenhower, without doubt a bigot of extraordinary malevolence.

     In the effort to slaughter two innocent Jews as a warning to all other Jews, the hate mongers were greatly assisted by two Jews, i.e. the prosecutor Irving Saypol and the “judge,” Irving Kaufman. Kaufman reminds us of the “Kapos” or Jewish Concentration Camp police who imagined that they could save themselves by sending other Jews to their deaths.

     Let it be understood that the Rosenbergs had done nothing whatever that could possibly be regarded as a crime. They were the innocent victims of an anti-Jewish conspiracy, aided by Jews who sought to ingratiate themselves with the inquisition by condemning their Jewish fellows.

     Pretending that the Rosenbergs were spies who had sold atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, the Rosenbergs were charged under the 1917 Espionage Act. They were not accused of treason, because that would never have been believed by any jury. The prosecutor, Saypol, let it be known that he would “go easy” on the Rosenbergs if they would give him the names of other “spies”. This was of course impossible since the Rosenbergs knew of no other spies, having had no dealings with spying of any kind.

     After the Rosenbergs were murdered, the French philosopher and author Jean-Paul Sartre wrote: “This was a legal lynching which smears with blood a whole nation.”  Another commentator wrote: “They died because they refused to confess and name others”.  Of course, the Rosenbergs had nothing to confess.

     The brutal prosecutor, Saypol, threatened Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, that he, Greenglass, would also be prosecuted unless he testified against his sister and his brother-in- law. Fearing this, Greenglass repeatedly lied in court by repeating whatever the prosecutors told him to say. In short, he gave false testimony to save himself. He was nevertheless imprisoned for seven years.

     William Reuben reviewed The Secret World of American Communism published in the Journal Rights. He discovered that the prosecutors lied when they claimed the Rosenbergs had given atomic secrets to the Russians. In fact, Reuben found that the Rosenbergs had never handed any information about anything to anyone.

     In 1995, the National Security Agency released formerly classified “intercepts” concerning the Rosenbergs. According to the Institute for Policy Study who obtained these papers, “the government killed an innocent woman (Ethel Rosenberg) and that the “intercepts” did not show that Julius operated a spy ring as pretended by the prosecutor.”

      In 1997, a retired Soviet KGB officer, Alexander Fekisov, told the New York Times and the Washington Post that the Rosenbergs had nothing to do with spying for the Soviet Union and that no one in Soviet Intelligence at the time had ever met the Rosenbergs.

     In 1950, Congress passed the McCarran Internal Security Act, which allowed the imprisonment of citizens on  “suspicion that they might engage in criminal activities.” On these grounds it was possible to arrest and charge the Rosenbergs without evidence of any kind. The prosecutors were therefore also encouraged to produce witnesses against the Rosenbergs who had no credibility but who had “suspicions.” One of these witnesses was a Jew, Harry Gold, who “crafted his testimony to meet the needs of the Justice Department.”  Another was Elizabeth Bentley, a self proclaimed former communist who did not know the Rosenbergs but had “heard” the name Julius mentioned at communist party meetings. The lies and intimidation provided by the prosecutors led a jury to convict the Rosenbergs of conspiracy to commit espionage. The jury did not include even one Jewish member in a city with more than a million Jews.

     There was, of course, no evidence that the Rosenbergs had ever given anything to anybody. Nevertheless, the judge, Irvng Kaufman, sentenced the parents of two little children to death so as to be “the good Jew” among the hate mongers.

      The Rosenberg trial and murder were political show trials as then also conducted by the Soviet Union under the Stalin dictatorship. The trial and the murders served to drive people with so-called “left” politics out of such associations. Fearing that anyone with “wrong” opinions could be next, many Jews and others no longer expressed their opinions, lest they too become the victims of the monstrous Irving Kaufman. Kaufman committed an act of human sacrifice resembling the killings during the Spanish Inquisition.

    The persecution and murder of the Rosenbergs is of course not the only example of such conduct by our prosecutors and judges. In April of this year I published a book, The American Criminal Justice System, which plainly shows that prosecutors cannot be trusted because their reelection or reappointment is more important to them than the lives of their fellow citizens.      

     Just as the Dreyfus debacle will always haunt the French, the Rosenberg murders will forever leave a stain on our country and on the Jews who betrayed two innocent parents for their private gain.

Shalom u’vracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including The American Criminal Justice System (2010).


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