Westlawn Cemetery

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Westlawn Cemetery
Location Norridge, Illinois
Country United States
Type Public
Style Jewish cemetery
Size 72 acres (29 ha)
Number of interments 49,000[1]
For the cemetery in Canton, Ohio, see West Lawn Cemetery.

Westlawn Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery located in Norridge, Illinois. The cemetery covers 72 acres (29 ha) and roughly 46,000 people are buried there.

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Westlawn was the site of gravestone desecration in January 2008. At least 57 tombstones were defaced with anti-Semitic slogans. Using white and blue spray paint, the vandal drew swastikas and slurs on tombstones in a western section of the cemetery. A 21 year old Polish immigrant male was charged with the crime in February 2008. He has been directly linked by police to a neo-Nazi organization in the Chicago area.[2] He was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison.[3]


  1. ^ "About". westlawncemetery.org. Lakeshore Jewish Funerals, Inc. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Neo-Nazi Convicted Of Vandalizing Jewish Cemetery"
  3. ^ "Neo-Nazi Mariusz Wdziekonski Gets Maximum Sentence For Defiling Jewish Graves". Huffington Post. 12/17/2010 (Updated: 05/25/2011). Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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