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Press Release
September 25, 2008

National Archives Makes Available Additional Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcript

Harry Gold Grand Jury Testimony to be Available Online

WHAT:  The National Archives will make available an additional formerly secret Grand Jury testimony transcript from the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. This additional file, the testimony of Harry Gold, consists of 56 pages of transcripts from the grand jury proceedings from August 2, 1950.

WHERE:  The transcript will be available on the National Archives web site (http://www.archives.gov/court-records/rosenberg-jury.html).

  • The National Archives Regional Archives Research Room in New York City, located at 201 Varick Street 12th Floor, will open reference copies of the document.

WHEN:  These records will be available on Friday, September 26, at 10:00 a.m.


Background

Harry Gold was a laboratory chemist who was convicted of being the messenger for a number of Soviet spy rings during the Manhattan Project. Gold was a key government witness in the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. His confession led to the arrest of David Greenglass. His testimony resulted in the arrest, trial and execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Gold received a 30-year sentence in 1951. He was paroled in May, 1966, after serving just over half of his sentence.

This transcript was inadvertently left out of the group of transcripts that the National Archives released to the public on September 11, 2008.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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