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SPIES! Atomic Espionage: Karl Fuchs and the Rosenbergs ~ AUG 16

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The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage is one of the most famous in American history. They were indeed guilty of conveying information about American weapons systems to the Soviets, but their role in the transmission of atomic bomb technology was secondary. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, August 16, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage is one of the most famous in American history. They were indeed guilty of conveying information about American weapons systems to the Soviets, but their role in the transmission of atomic bomb technology was secondary. Why, then, were they executed, whereas the German scientist Klaus Fuchs, and others, were not? Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, August 16, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.