Ethel Rosenberg - A Cold War Tragedy
In conversation with Melissa Benn
Weds 15th September 2021, 5-6pm
Robert Graves Tent
'I was completely held, absorbed and involved with the story of Ethel's short life. Brilliant ... could not be bettered' Claire Tomalin
With her trademark precision, empathy and determination to bring women’s history and stories centre stage, bestselling and acclaimed historian, Anne Sebba, shines a spotlight on the story of Ethel Rosenberg to reveal a catastrophic failure of humanity and justice that continues to haunt the national conscience of America.
Ethel Rosenberg was executed in 1953 for espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union, a crime she almost certainly did not commit. She was 37 and the mother of two children. Her story is a catastrophic failure of justice, and the nature of her conviction makes her story controversial even today. Anne has used Ethel’s prison correspondence and interviews with those who knew her, including Ethel’s sons, to unravel the tragic story.
Soon to be adopted as a TV drama series with film rights snapped up by Miramax, Ethel’s story has made her into a cultural icon – Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar famously opens with the line: “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs …’’. In conversation with Melissa Benn, this promises to be an enthralling and enlightening event.
Anne Sebba will be in conversation with Melissa Benn. Melissa Benn is a writer and campaigner. Her features, opinion pieces, essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement, Mslexia, Financial Times, London Review of Books, Schools Week, Women: A Cultural Review, Public Finance, Teach Secondary, New Statesman and many others.
Ticket price includes a copy of Ethel Rosenberg: A Cold War Tragedy (Hb: £20)