EMILY A. AND DAVID ALMAN
David Alman (1919- ) and Emily Arnow Alman (1922-2004) were founding members of the Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs, which launched a world-wide clemency movement in 1951-53 in an effort to obtain a new trial or clemency for Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who had been sentenced to death.
The Almans were among the couples who thought to adopt Michael and Robert Rosenberg, when it was apparent that none of the Rosenberg/Greenglass clan were able to care for them. Adopted by Abe and Anne Meeropol, Michael and Robert have remained closely tied to the Alman family.
Emily A. Alman received a PhD in Sociology in 1963, chaired the Sociology Department at Douglass College at Rutgers University, and received a JD in 1977 and went on to a career in law, focusing her practice on the under-served and on family law. She authored a western novel, Ride the Long Night, published by Macmillan.
David Alman has authored several fiction books: The Hourglass (Simon & Shuster, 1947), World Full of Strangers (Doubleday, 1949), Conquest (Doubleday, 1963), Generations (Regnery, 1971). He worked in the educational film department for the company that is now Glaxo Smith Kline and became a paralegal and worked with his wife in her practice.
Together, they became civil rights activists (starting with the Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs in 1951). They had two daughters, Michelle Harrison, a medical doctor who tends to the poor in India, and Jennifer Michaels, a lawyer who partnered with her mother.
In 1995, when the CIA began releasing the decoded Venona/FBI Russian cabled messages, a small number of which mentioned the defendants, they began compiling the information that became Exoneration: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell — Prosecutorial deceptions, suborned perjuries, anti-Semitism, and precedent for today's unconstitutional trials.
The book includes the most up-to-date information available. It examines Grand Jury testimonies, released just in 2008, that led to the indictment of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell. The authors show how this new evidence bolsters their conclusions of the active encouragement of perjured testimony by the prosecution.
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