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New Rosenberg Transcripts Released Thanks to Work by National Security Archive

Rosenberg Flyer from 1953Thanks to an open records lawsuit by the National Security Archive and historical associations, the actual transcripts of previously secret Rosenberg grand jury transcripts were released on Wednesday, July 15. This key testimony by Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, in the espionage trial from the early 1950s that sent Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to the electric chair on charges of spying for the Soviet Union, may show perjury.

The National Security Archive, located on Gelman's 7th Floor, is an amazing organization that defends public access to government information, advocates for global open government, indexes and publishes former secrets. Copies of the transcripts will be available on the Archive’s web site

You can find out more about the fascinating trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg through several resources at GW Libraries. Pictured here is flyer brought back from Paris by a Mount Vernon Seminary student in 1953 declaring the innocence of the Rosenbergs. You can view this unique, primary document as part of the Marian Herr Holbrook Scrapbook (MVC0006) in the Special Collections Research Center. 

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