Information has recently came to light that Julius Rosenberg may have been guilty of something, just not of selling secrets of the Atomic Bomb to the Soviet Union, the crime for which he was convicted; it is generally accepted that his wife was entirely guiltless, and merely indicted alongside him in order to coerce him into a confession - a strategy which backfired, since it was a confession he could never make because he hadn't done it.
The Rosenberg's two sons - Robert and Michael - were orphaned by the executions, the stigma of which made their adoption difficult; the boys were eventually taken in by songwriter Abel Meeropol* and his wife Anne, at which time they took their new parents' surname.
The two later wrote the 1975 memoir We Are Your Sons: The Legacy of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the proceeds of which established the Rosenberg Fund for Children to aid the children of leftist activists involved in similar legal mishegas; E. L. Doctorow also wrote a book about the Rosenberg execution, his 1971 debut novel The Book of Daniel, which was itself made into a film, Daniel (1983) directed by Sidney Lumet and starring the world's least Jewish-looking actor Timothy Hutton.
*Author of the song Strange Fruit under the pseudonym Lewis Allen.
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