On this day: the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen as they leave U.S. Court House after being found guilty by jury.

The couple after being found guilty. X

On the 19th of June, 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by electric chair in Ossining, USA after being convicted of spying for the Kremlin.

Alongside several others, who were imprisoned but not executed (including Ethel’s brother), they were found guilty of passing on information to Moscow about the atomic bomb.

Julius_Rosenberg_mugshotPolice booking photograph of Julius Rosenberg after his arrest.

Ethel_Rosenberg_mugshotPolice booking photograph of Ethel Rosenberg.

Julius and Ethel under arrest.

The Rosenbergs were the only two people in the United States executed for espionage during the Cold War. Their crime was considered worse because the judge also considered them responsible for deaths in the Korean War.