Love - Conscience - Conviction: The Rosenberg Case


This exhibition traced the history of the case of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, two American citizens charged and executed for conspiracy to commit espionage under the Espionage Act of 1917. The centerpiece of this exhibition was newly-released original correspondence between Julius and Ethel written while they were in prison. 

The exhibition also featured holdings from other Gotlieb Center collections of activists and scholars close to the case. The papers of authors, activists and founders of the Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case, David & Emily Alman; the Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell; teacher, songwriter and adoptive father of Michael & Robert Rosenberg, Abel Meeropol; and authors and activists Miriam & Walter Schneir. 

The exhibition gave a view into the early lives of Michael and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, and how their lives changed when their parents were imprisoned. 

To view digital facsimiles of the Rosenberg correspondence, please visit


This exhibition is no longer on view.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg