A loving mother.
A courageous idealist.
The first woman in the US to be executed for a crime other than murder.
On 19 June 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was electrocuted along with her husband for espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union, orphaning their two young boys. Regarded at the time by J. Edgar Hoover as the ‘trial of the century’, the story of her execution has a much more human side; a tale of a woman with dreams of becoming an opera singer who instead found herself battling the social mores of the 1950s. A woman whose life was barbarically cut short on the basis of tainted evidence for a crime she almost certainly did not commit.
Join author and historian Anne Sebba as she brings to life Ethel Rosenberg’s tragic story with dramatic prison letters that Ethel exchanged with her husband, lawyer, and psychotherapist over a three-year period, as well as interviews with Ethel’s two sons and others who knew her, including a fellow prisoner.
The talk will be presented on Microsoft Teams and will last approximately 30-40 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
Free, donations encouraged
Book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk
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