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Fresno State Professor Brings New Insight Into Rosenberg Executions

Oxford University Press
Executing The Rosenbergs, by Fresno State Professor Lori Clune

It was one of the biggest scandals the country had ever seen - the theft of U.S. government secrets about the atomic bomb that wound up in the hands of the Soviet Union. The federal government eventually tried and executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for conspiracy, sparking an international outcry. Now the story of the Rosenbergs is back in the news, as there is an effort underway to seek a presidential pardon in their case. There’s also a new book about their trial by Fresno State professor Lori Clune called “Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy In a Cold War World.” We talked with her about how newly uncovered documents have brought us additional insights into both the crime, and the international response to the trial.  

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