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Jonathan Potts

Amber Black
Rosenberg Fund for Children

For immediate release:
March 1, 2004

Robert Meeropol to Speak at Carnegie Mellon
The son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg will discuss their case in the context of post-9/11 America

PITTSBURGH—Robert Meeropol, the younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, in Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100) at Carnegie Mellon University. Meeropol will discuss what he perceives as the similarities between America under McCarthyism and in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The event is free and open to the public.

The Rosenbergs were accused of giving U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union and, in 1951, were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and sentenced to death. They died in the electric chair two years later, leaving behind two young sons, Robert and Michael. The Rosenberg case remains one of the most deeply controversial episodes in modern American history. Supporters of the Rosenbergs long have maintained that the case against them was trumped up by the government, the result of a communist witch hunt that ruined the lives and careers of numerous people during the 1950s.

"Since September 11, I've had emotional flashbacks to how I felt as a small boy," said Robert Meeropol, who was 6 years old when his parents were put to death. "Once again we live under a regime which equates dissent with disloyalty and protest with treason. Ordinary citizens who resist authoritarianism, challenge repression, or speak out for peace or justice, are being attacked and labeled unpatriotic and dangerous."

Meeropol is the founder and executive director of the Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC), which provides for the educational and emotional needs of children in this country whose parents have been harassed, injured, jailed, lost jobs or died in the course of their progressive activities. His memoir, "An Execution In The Family: One Son's Journey," was published last year, and the book is due out in paperback in June.

Meeropol's talk at Carnegie Mellon is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Education and the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences Dean's Office. The following day, March 23, Meeropol will speak at 2 p.m. in the Teplitz Mock Courtroom at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

For editors: To receive a copy of Meeropol's book or to arrange an interview, please contact Amber Black with the Rosenberg Fund for Children at 413-529-0063.


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