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When Jenn Meeropol’s second-grade teacher began introducing her students to social studies, her first question for them was, “What does government do?”
“They killed my grandparents,” Meeropol replied.
Now, Meeropol, whose grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and executed in 1953, is set to assume stewardship of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, the Easthampton non-profit established by her father, Robert Meeropol, in 1990.
The fund provides grants for education, counseling, and other services for the children of activists and, in some cases, for youth activists themselves.
Jenn hopes to ensure the issues will stay relevant to a generation raised on social media and a different array of issues than the children of her father’s generation, the ’60s.