Westlawn Cemetery (burials to April
46,121 burials in database
Westlawn Cemetery is an All-Jewish Cemetery. The cemetery covers 72 acres and roughly 48,000 people are buried there. It was found on 8 April 1937 and today is owned and operated by Temple Shalom of Chicago http://www.sholomchicago.org/westlawn.
Westlawn is the final resting place for a number of famous Chicago Jews. See http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=cem&FScemeteryid=108820 for more information.
Cemetery map click map for larger size in PDF format (will open in new window or tab):
Westlawn was the site of gravestone desecration in January 2008. At least 57 tombstones were defaced with anti-Semitic slogans.
Recent news articles:
12 January 2008
| Tribune staff reporter
Man Charged With Hate Crime In Cemetery Defacement
5 March 2008
Self-proclaimed Nazi pleads not guilty to defacing cemetery
FROM STNG WIRE REPORTS
JGSI has been in contact with the cemetery management who has not been able to locate next of kin for some of the tombstones that were desecrated. To view the list and help the cemetery click here.
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