On November 28, 1950, at the height of the Red Scare, Miriam Moskowitz was found guilty of conspiracy to lie to a grand jury in the run-up to the atomic spying case that would end in the execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
Now, at 98, Moskowitz is trying to clear her name in court. Reuters reports an initial federal court hearing convened Monday in New York to determine how to proceed with her case. “I just want to end my life with a clear name,” Moskowitz told the New York Post earlier this month.
The New Jersey woman was sentenced to two years in prison following her charge, several months of which she spent with Ethel Rosenburg in the Women’s House of Detention, a prison which once stood in the middle of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, where a garden sits now. Moskowitz told the New Yorker that she spent those days chatting with Rosenburg about music or Rosenberg’s children.— Miriam Moskowitz, 98, Fights to Clear Her Name of McCarthy-Era Charges (via newsweek)