The Death of Morton Sobell and the End of the Rosenberg Affair

With the recent death of the unrepentant spy, his story, along with that of other American Jews steeped in Communism, can finally be told.

Morton Sobell awaiting transfer to New York in Laredo, Texas in 1950 after his apprehension in and extradition from Mexico. Getty Images.

Morton Sobell awaiting transfer to New York in Laredo, Texas in 1950 after his apprehension in and extradition from Mexico. Getty Images.

Essay
June 3 2019
About the author

David Evanier is the author of Red Love, The One-Star Jew, The Great Kisser, Woody: The Biography, and seven other books. He is writing the biography of Morton Sobell.


Last December 26, at the age of one-hundred-one, Morton Sobell died. His name may be unfamiliar today, but the names of his associates are not: he was the co-defendant of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in the 1951 atomic-bomb spy trial. The Rosenbergs were executed in 1953, but Sobell lived on, one of the few remaining survivors of the corps of Americans who spied for the Soviet Union. He kept the faith, steadfastly and with gusto, proclaiming his innocence and that of the Rosenbergs until 2008, when he belatedly confessed in public to their conspiracy to commit espionage.

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