Ethel Rosenberg was sentenced to death for treason in 1953 by the US, along with her husband, Julius Rosenberg. She was convicted of helping pass atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
Now, she is being honored by the New York City Council.
Three council members praised Rosenberg, a Lower East Side resident, for “demonstrating great bravery” in her role in a 1935 strike against the National New York Packing and Supply Co. After she joined the workers’ union at that company, she became a supporter of the Communist Party.
The council members also said that she had been “wrongfully” executed by the United States.
Councilman Daniel Dromm, D-Queens, stated: “A lot of hysteria was created around anti-communism and how we had to defend our country, and these two people were traitors and we rushed to judgment and they were executed.”
Soviet spies such as the Rosenbergs were integral to Soviet efforts to build a bomb.
Because of their spying operations in the West, the Soviets knew of the Manhattan Project before even the FBI.
The Soviets ended up detonating their own atomic bomb in 1949, much earlier than expected.
At the peak of their arsenal in the 1980s, the Soviets had approximately 45,000 nuclear weapons in their stockpile.
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