Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Debate may linger on forever as to whether Ethel and Julius Rosenberg deserved to be put to death in 1953 for their illegal espionage activities. Some believe they got what they deserved for selling sensitive American documents to enemy governments. Others question if their punishment was excessive and fueled by the extreme fears and anxieties that characterized the Cold War years. This program carefully examines the Rosenbergs' lives and ultimate fate by interviewing FBI agents, lawyers, and jurors tied to the case, as well as the couple's sons. This documentary was a Blue Ribbon Winner at the 1975 American Film Festival and was named the Best TV Documentary of the Year at the 1975 National Headliners Awards program.
conspiracy, espionage, government, nuclear-conspiracy, nuclear-research, Soviet, treason