Robert Meeropol


Published Work

An Execution in the Family: One Son’s Journey
2003, St. Martin’s Press

From Publisher’s Weekly:
"His story, which is a story of postwar America, is compelling. He chronicles with vision and clarity his personal and political journeys and the lengthy battle to uncover the truth about his parents' case. "For as long as I could remember we'd suffered whatever was said about our parents in silence. We had never had the opportunity or the emotional freedom to give voice to our opinions about our parents' trial and execution." When Meeropol and his brother did, in the 1970s, the floodgates opened-and over the years, the case's full horror was exposed. The Rosenbergs were charged with "conspiracy to commit espionage," not with selling atomic secrets. According to Meeropol, the person who confessed to that crime, Ethel's brother, David Greenglass, was pressured to reveal co-conspirators in exchange for his wife's freedom. And he succumbed-mouthing the words an FBI agent later testified he supplied. New documents reveal the Rosenbergs were executed for a crime the government knew they did not commit. Their sons have battled valiantly to clear their names and to lead productive lives, and Meeropol's captivating memoir deserves a spot on American history bookshelves."

We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg (with Michael Meeropol)
1975, Houghton-Mifflin

For the first time, the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg tell their own story, weaving the nightmare events of 1950-1954 – trial, appeals, execution of their parents and court battles over guardianship – with many of the letters their parents wrote while in prison.

Articles & Essays
“Testimony,” in States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons, Joy James, Ed. St. Martin’s Press: New York, 2000, pp. 3-9.

“Carry it Forward and Pass it On,” in Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left, Judy Kaplan & Linn Shapiro, Eds. University of Illinois Press: Urbana & Chicago, 1998, pp. 210-13.

“Red Diapers,” in Red Scare: Memories of the American Inquisition, Griffin Fariello, Ed. W.W. Norton: New York & London, 1995, pp. 47-54.

“Rosenberg Realities,” in Secret Agents: The Rosenberg Case, McCarthyism & Fifties America, Marjorie Garber & Rebecca Walkowitz, Eds. Routledge: New York & London, 1995, pp. 235-251.

Selected Works

Memoir
"Bravery is rare. Tyranny is commonplace. Both define the life of Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. In his heart-wrenching, honest memoir, Meeropol recounts the emotional terrors of his childhood, the kindness of Abel and Anne Meeropol-who adopted him and his older brother after their parents' execution-his struggle to vindicate his parents, and his own political activism, culminating in the creation of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which he now directs."
Publisher's Weekly
"one of those rare books everyone should read"
–Joyce Carol Oates

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