All of the Rosenberg’s personal letters, put into a trust for the boys by Emmanuel Bloch, had been copyrighted and Nizer was using the letters in his book without permission. Michael and Robbie needed to make a decision whether to retain their anonymity and do nothing or to sue Nizer and reveal their Rosenberg identity.
The brothers consulted with Marshall Perlin, a lawyer who had worked on their parent’s case in the last few weeks prior to their execution. Perlin assured them that they had a strong copyright infringement case and also led them to believe that they could file the case while remaining anonymous. Following Perlin’s guidance, they decided to pursue a lawsuit against Nizer. For the first time, they would have a public…show more content…
The brothers established The Rosenberg Son’s Legal Fund to raise money for legal fees. Anne Meeropol had been a professional fundraiser for years so she helped Robbie and Michael plan their first fundraising event in New York City. At the small event attended by friends and supporters Robbie found it comforting and easy to discuss his parent’s trial and imprisonment. Ultimately, the six-year copyright case against Louis Nizer was settled out of court. (Bennett 2010)
In 1973, the brothers took a lead role in supporting the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case (NCRRC), created to raise legal and operating funds as well as raise public awareness of the Rosenberg case. The chairman of the committee was Emily Alman who had formed the National Committee to Secure Justice in the Rosenberg Case prior to the Rosenberg’s execution. The media was becoming interested in the case and four print interviews followed. Two national networks (ABC and PBS) presented shows about the Rosenbergs that fall.
In 1974 a book co-authored by the brothers about the Rosenberg family, We Are Your Sons, was published. In the fall of 1974, Robbie left teaching to focus on the re-opening of his parent’s case. One of his first steps, with Michael’s assistance, was to open an office for the NCRRC in New York City. In February 1975 the brothers filed a freedom of information act (FOIA) lawsuit with the federal government. (Open