March 02, 2017

Illinois Council for History Education 2017

Trying the Rosenbergs in the Court of Public Opinion

The trial, conviction, and eventual executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1951-1953) were pivotal Cold War events with transnational implications. This session will revisit the story of the Rosenberg case, but from an international perspective.

Recently discovered primary source documents from the U.S. Department of State show how the case inspired protests around the world, and challenged American diplomats to consider public perceptions of the rule of law and justice from a wider international perspective.






Protest reports from:



“Save the Rosenbergs” rally in Paris, 1953


Rosenbergs rally booklet from Poland, 1953


Protest on behalf of the Rosenbergs, in Washington, DC, 1953