National Affairs: Last Scene

The stay of execution won from Douglas and lost in the Supreme Court (see above) gained less than a day of life for the Rosenbergs. The hour of death was moved from 11 p.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday in order to avoid an execution on the Jewish Sabbath, which begins at sundown on Friday.

Julius entered first into the presence of the ugly, brown-stained oak chair. As he walked through the glaring light of Sing Sing's white-walled death chamber, the three newsmen allowed as witnesses noted that his mustache had been shaved off, that he wore a white T shirt, and...

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