Walter Schneir

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Walter Schneir (December 14, 1927, Brooklyn – April 11, 2009, Pleasantville, New York)[1] was an American author.

Early life[edit]

Walter Daniel Schneir was born in Brooklyn, New York[2] and lived in Albany, New York.


After graduating from Syracuse University, where he majored in journalism, he worked in New York City at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and at MD Medical Newsmagazine. In his career as a free-lance writer, he authored articles on science, politics, education, and law. His work appeared in The Nation, the Reporter, Liberation, the New York Times Magazine, and other national publications. His book on the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg,[3] Invitation to an Inquest, co-authored with his wife, Miriam Schneir, was published in 1965.[4] Subsequent editions appeared in the United States in 1968, 1973, and 1983, and in Great Britain and Cuba. An anthology, Telling it Like It Was: The Chicago Riots, appeared in 1969.[5] Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case, with Preface and Afterword by Miriam Schneir, was published posthumously.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Schneir is survived by his wife Miriam (1933- ),[2] and a daughter, two sons, and four grandchildren.[3]


  1. ^ Martin, Douglas (April 24, 2009). "Walter Schneir, Who Wrote About Rosenbergs, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  2. ^ a b The Miriam and Walter Schneir Collection
  3. ^ a b Carlson, Michael (16 July 2009). "Walter Schneir - Obituary". The Guardian. London: GMG. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  4. ^ Schneir, Walter and Miriam (1965). Invitation to an Inquest: A New Look at the Rosenberg-Sobell Case. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co.
  5. ^ Schneir, Walter (1969). Telling it Like It Was: The Chicago Riots. New York, NY: The New American Library.
  6. ^ Schneir, Walter (2010). Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House. ISBN 978-1-935554-16-5.

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