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Ethel Rosenberg, “labor leader”: the left’s latest effort to make saints out of Soviet spies

October 1, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are separated by a wire screen as they are transported to Sing Sing Prison following their conviction in New York City in March 1953.
The prison-bound Rosenbergs: holy martyrs despite overwhelming evidence of treason

The latest in nearly 60 years of canonization attempts since the pair were executed for treason in 1953 was the New York City Council’s “honoring” of Ethel Rosenberg on Sept. 29, what would have been her 100th birthday. The New York Post reports:

“Three council members joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in issuing two proclamations lauding Rosenberg, a Lower East Side resident, for ‘demonstrating great bravery’” in leading a 1935 strike against the National New York Packing and Supply Co., where she worked as a clerk.”

Leading a strike? That was a big deal? During the 1930s, a decade of ceaseless labor unrest, Wikipedia counts some 46 major strikes in the U.S. alone. That Packing and Supply Co. strike didn’t even make the list.

Of course, honoring Ethel Rosenberg’s pariticipation in an obscure labor dispute wasn’t the point. The point was to pretend one more time that she was an innocent victim of what liberals deem the most dreadful plague ever to have befallen America: opposition to communism:

“The proclamations also said she was ‘wrongfully’ executed for helping her husband, Julius, pass atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

“’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,’ said Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens).”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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