Rosenberg "Atomic Espionage" Case, among the most controversial Cold
episodes of the early 1950s, despite the passage of decades, continues
to raise serious
doubts as to: The reliability of the
testimony? The Judge's relationship with FBI
Hoover & the prosecution?
legality of the sentence? The rush to
only Americans ever executed for espionage?
THE ROSENBERG CASE BE REOPENED?
begins with a historical review narrated by actors Sally
followed by the February
2, 1975 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium rally where Henry
Lee Grant, Roscoe Lee Brown, Martin Sheen & other celebrities &
2,500 spectators were tear gassed, allegedly by US Nazis. Robert
Carl Cohen then interviews Robert
Meeropol, one of
the Rosenberg's two
sons, & civil rights attorneys Ben Margolis & Luke McKissack
reopening the case. They discuss the complex issues involved
to force the FBI to unseal their files; which
secret despite the end of the Cold War & the
development of nuclear weapons by many nations.
still-sealed FBI files exonerate the
any legal precedent for reopening a case years after the defendants are
Rosenberg's sons or grandchildren sue for civil damages?
Congress rehabilitate the Rosenbergs
AUDIENCE: Students of History, Law,
Sociology, & Political Science