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An Execution in the Family: One Son's Journey

Meeropol, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0312306377 / ISBN 13: 9780312306373
Editorial: St. Martin's Press, New York, New York, 2004
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa blanda
Librería: Casa Camino Real (Las Cruces, NM, Estados Unidos de America)

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Inscribed: "For Elinor. Thanks for your support. Robert Meeropol. 4/2/06." Robert Meeropol is the son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. A very nice paperback in good condition. Inventory #000440. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. N° de ref. de la librería 000440

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Título: An Execution in the Family: One Son's ...

Editorial: St. Martin's Press, New York, New York

Año de publicación: 2004

Encuadernación: Mass Market Paperback

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Edition..

Tipo de libro: Paperback

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An Execution in the Family details Robert Meeropol's political odyssey from Rosenberg son to political activist in his own right, and chronicles a very personal story of self-discovery. It is the story of how he tried to balance a strong desire to live a normal life and raise a family, with a growing need to create something useful out of his nightmare childhood. It is also a poignant account of how, at age forty-three, he finally found a way to honor his parents and also be true to himself.


Robert Meeropol was six years old when his parents Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage in 1953. Though this was certainly a significant event in his life, it was not the single defining moment as one might assume. It is also not the central theme of his memoir, though it does play a strong supporting role. In fact, Meeropol has only vague memories of his parents. What he does remember are years spent in orphanages and foster homes before he and his brother were adopted by Abel and Anne Meeropol. While the event did cause some childhood trauma, he reflects that "I can't help feeling that I gained as much as I lost during those years." An Execution in the Family is hardly the work of a bitter man fuming at the establishment for the loss of his parents. Rather, it is the story of a thoughtful person and his struggle to find his purpose in the world. Reared on left-wing politics and social activism, he knew he wanted to help others, but he was unsure of the route to take, and his writes of his confusion and troubles with engaging frankness.

Part of his restlessness stemmed from his inability to come to terms with his past. Up into his early twenties, he never revealed who his biological parents were, even to his closest friends. Ultimately, however, events forced him to acknowledge his lineage and confront the facts, plunging him into his own in-depth investigation of the Rosenbergs' case. Eventually he was able to prove publicly that his parents' trial had been unfair and that critical testimony against them had been tainted. He also had to acknowledge that his parents' names would never be completely cleared. The process proved rewarding in many ways, notably because it served to reveal a greater purpose for him: In 1990 Meeropol started the Rosenberg Fund for Children to support children of political prisoners, beginning his life as an activist and offering him an opportunity to honor both his biological and adoptive parents in the process. "My parents’ resistance inspired a movement. That inspiration survived their execution," he writes. With this memoir, Meeropol hopes in turn to inspire others. --Shawn Carkonen

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Casa Camino Real is a book store based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 42 miles from the Mexican Border. We sell new, used,first edition and out of print books in many languages. We also serve as a Community Resource and Archival Center serving audiences of all ages. We are in the process of creating Museo de La Gente, an arts residency center, a resource library, a workshop & exhibit space as well as a venue for multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-ethnic literary, literacy, music and arts events for audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the borderland corridor. We host year-long workshops, readings, panels and arts events for the borderland, national and international community. We believe we can heal the world, one book, one cup of coffee, and one story at a time. In addition to books, we sell folk art, Mexican lobby cards and posters, vintage vinyl and cultural memorabilia in our historic adobe dating from the 1850s.

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