Ethel Rosenberg was just 37 when she was electrocuted by the American Government for conspiracy to commit espionage. The Government knew they had no conclusive evidence against Ethel, who was a loyal wife, devoted mother and yes, a communist. They believed, however, that charging her would make her husband talk. Since her death, there has been an outpouring of material including novels, plays, and artworks relating to her infamous 1951 trial. She has become, in the intervening 70 years since her death, an American icon, a symbol of how fear and hysteria can make a government behave shamefully.

Based on research from her most recent book; author, journalist and Fellow of the Royal Literary Society, Anne Sebba FRSL, will explore the life and trial of Ethel Rosenburg and the catastrophic failure of justice and mercy brought against her. Anna is author of 11 books, including the best-selling biography ‘THAT WOMAN’, the life of Wallis Simpson based on 15 unpublished letters found locked in an attic trunk. She has made regular television appearances and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and has just finished her two-year stint as head of Britain’s 10,000 strong Society of Authors.

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