The two sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg were at the White House on December 1 -- more than 50 years after pleading unsuccessfully to spare her life -- in a last-ditch appeal to President Barack Obama to exonerate her amid new evidence, the Chicago Tribune website reports today (December 3, 2016).
Rosenberg was executed in 1953 along with her husband, Julius, after being convicted of conspiring to pass secrets about the atomic bomb to Soviet Russia. But court records made public last year through a judge's order cast doubt on the conventional narrative of a Cold War espionage case that captivated the country.
"This is our mother we're talking about," Robert Meeropol, one of Rosenberg's two sons, said as he stood outside the White House gates. "Since we can't bring her back to life, there could be nothing more satisfying to us than to have the government acknowledge that this shouldn't have happened, that this was wrong."
The new documents revealed that Ethel Rosenberg's brother, David Greenglass, whose damning trial testimony against her and her husband helped secure the couple's conviction, had never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury.