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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are tried for espionage against the US

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The Rosenberg Spy Ring is said to be responsible for rapidly speeding up the Soviet Union’s acquisition of the atomic bomb.

The husband and wife communists were always unlikely to have a fair trial in McCarthy’s America. His ‘Reds’ witch hunts took place in an atmosphere of intense paranoia fuelled by the fact that the Russians had detonated their first atomic bombs.

But the severity of the Rosenberg verdict was, and still is, shocking.