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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Robert Meeropol, Easthampton MA

Robert Meeropol is the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. In 1953, when he was six years old, the United States Government executed his parents for "conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb."

For thirty years he has been a progressive activist, author and public speaker. In the 1970's he and his brother, Michael, successfully sued the FBI and CIA to force the release of 300,000 previously secret documents about their parents. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, graduated law school in 1985, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

In 1990, after leaving private practice, Robert founded the Rosenberg Fund for Children and now serves as its Executive Director. The RFC provides for the educational and emotional needs of both targeted activist youth and children in this country whose parents have been harassed, injured, jailed, lost jobs or died in the course of their progressive activities. In its 15-year history, the Fund has awarded more than $2 million in grants to benefit hundreds of children.

Robert's memoir, AN EXECUTION IN THE FAMILY was published by St. Martin's Press on the 50th anniversary of his parents' executions. The book details his odyssey from Rosenberg son to political activist and leader of the Rosenberg Fund for Children.

Robert is also a founding Board Member of Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights. MVFHR is an organization of murder victims' family members and family members of the executed who are opposed to killing in all cases whether it be homicide, state killing, or extrajudicial killings and "disappearances."

Facts

Founding Board Member Murder Victims' Families for Human Rights 2004
Board Member MVFHR 2004-Present www.mvfhr.org
Executive Director, Rosenberg Fund for Children

Quotes

"As a child who survived his parents' execution and as an adult who works with many children whose parents are in prison or, in one case, on death row, I have an unusual perspective to share with you… I believe you've heard little or no testimony about capital punishment from the perspective of a child who has had one or both parents executed. …I survived because a supportive community surrounded me, but what about other children who do not have such a support system?