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Jell-O Box Exhibit Used in the Espionage Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell, 03/06/1951 - 03/29/1951

ARC Identifier 278774

Item from Record Group 118: Records of U.S. Attorneys, 1821 - 1994

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Creator(s):Department of Justice. Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern Judicial District of New York. (1870 - ) (Most Recent)
Office of the Attorney General. Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern Judicial District of New York. (04/09/1814 - 1870) (Predecessor)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Photographs and other Graphic Materials

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Other Title(s):U.S. vs. Julius & Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell, Government Exhibit 33, Imitation Raspberry Flavor Jell-O Box
Coverage Dates:03/06/1951 - 03/29/1951
Production Date(s):03/12/1951
Part Of:File Unit: Exhibits from the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg Case File, 03/13/1951 - 03/27/1951
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Specific Records Type(s):Exhibits (Court)
General Note(s):The trial transcript shows that the prosecution introduced this facsimile Jell-O box to represent the recognition signal supposedly devised by Julius Rosenberg for David and Ruth Greenglass and Harry Gold. According to trial testimony of David and Ruth Greenglass, after dinner at the Rosenbergs' apartment in January 1945, Julius went into the kitchen with Ruth and Ethel, took an empty Jell-O box and cut a side panel into two irregular parts. He gave one piece to Ruth, saying that the person contacting her and David in Albuquerque would identify themselves by presenting the other half. In cross- examining David Greenglass, defense attorney Bloch challenged his story by asking the flavor of the real Jell-O box. David did not remember. Roy Cohn is credited with selecting raspberry for the facsimile.
Variant Control Number(s):NAIL Control Number: NRAN-118-SDUSATTY-114868-7(34)
Other Identifier: 05356
This is the NARA Internal Exhibit Tracking Number for the Public Vaults exhibit.
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Accession Number(s):118-89-007
Internal Transfer Number(s):2NN-3-118-89-007



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