“To provide for the educational and emotional needs of targeted activist youth and of children whose parents have been targeted in the course of their progressive activities…
“The Rosenberg Fund for Children (RFC) is a public foundation which was established to provide for the educational and emotional needs of targeted activist youth and children whose parents have been harassed, injured, lost jobs, or died in the course of their progressive activities and who, therefore, are no longer able to fully provide for their children. Professionals and institutions will be awarded grants to provide the children or activist youth with services at no or reduced cost.
“The Fund bears the name of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. On June 19, 1953, the Rosenbergs were executed because they refused to implicate others by falsely confessing to giving the ‘secret’ of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.They wrote their sons, Michael Meeropol and Robert Meeropol (the Fund’s founder) just before they were killed that they died secure in the knowledge that others would carry on after them. The Fund carries that trust forward and will ensure that future generations will do so as well.
“The New York Time’s chief legal correspondent said of Robert Meeropol that ‘after having been an orphan at 6, adrift at 33, and a frustrated lawyer at 40, he has fashioned a fitting monument to his parents, one meant to spare other children from what he had to endure.’ Since its founding in 1990, the RFC has gathered 8,000 supporters, and provided over $650,000 for the children of targeted activists. In the spring, the Fund awarded $109,000 for over 130 children and activist youth.”
Liberty, Peace, Solidarity
Fernand Leger, 1952