Letter from Julius Rosenberg to Emanuel Bloch, 11/28/1952
Date:
1952/11/28
Container:
Box 2 Folder 2
Description:
Letter from Julius Rosenberg to Emanuel Bloch. Seven pages, begun 11/28, ended 12/1.
Summary:
He feels that he needs to contribute to "the common struggle for peace and decency." This letter will comprise his "running account of my thoughts as I get them." He explains his case and situation. He goes through the trial record and provides evidence that supports his reading of the prosecution's motives (and, through them, the government). He quotes three different moments when the Rosenbergs were accused, in the trial, of endangering Americans and upsetting the delicate balance between the Soviets and America. This leads him to a consideration of what he believes to be the real origins of the Korean War and Cold War: "the existence of world cartels, controlled by finance capital and its resultant imperialism." As support, he cites a book by James Stewart Martin entitled All Honorable Men, which provides an insider's perspective on these issues. He provides a detailed discussion of the evidence Martin provides for these economic conditions. He describes the conditions that existed in Germany, and then how they are replicated in the United States, so that economic power rests in the hands of just a few men. He argues that these few men are actually the ones who threaten the peace of the world. He then turns to the government's accusation that they were spies. He contends that, because many of the business executives shared information about their ships with German businesses, they violated the Espionage Act as well, but that their power kept them from being indicted. He then turns to the Rosenbergs' death sentence. He cites trials after WWII when businessmen directly supporting Hitler's regime did not get the death sentence because they had connections to powerful people in America. He explains the nature of his pro-Soviet sympathies and his conviction that "only better relations between the two countries can benefit the peoples of both lands and ensure world peace." He also explains their fund-raising activities to help people fighting against Franco. He turns at the end to the American people's desire for peace.
Associated Personal Entities:
Bloch, Emanuel H.
Martin, James Stewart
Mitscherlich, Alexander, 1908-1982
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953
Associated Subjects:
Capitalism
Cold war
Korean War, 1950-1953
McCarthyism--1950-1960
Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949
Rosenberg, Ethel, 1915-1953 – Trials, litigation, etc.
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953 – Trials, litigation, etc.
Rosenberg, Julius, 1918-1953--Correspondence
Social advocacy
Spanish Civil War, Spain, 1936-1939
United States – Politics and government – 20th century
United States – Politics and government – 1945-1989
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
World War II
Keywords:
Rosenberg Letters
1952
November