Westlawn Cemetery

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Westlawn Cemetery
Established 1937 (1937)[1]
Location Norridge, Illinois
Country United States
Coordinates 41°57′28″N 87°49′38″W / 41.95778°N 87.82722°W / 41.95778; -87.82722[2]Coordinates: 41°57′28″N 87°49′38″W / 41.95778°N 87.82722°W / 41.95778; -87.82722[2]
Type Public
Style Jewish cemetery
Size 72 acres (29 ha)
No. of interments 49,000[1]
Website westlawncemetery.org

Westlawn Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery located in Norridge, a suburb of Chicago in 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.[5] He was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About". westlawncemetery.org. Lakeshore Jewish Funerals, Inc. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Westlawn Jewish Cemetery". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ New York Times-June 1, 1995
  4. ^ www.history.co.uk-this-day-in-history/November-22
  5. ^ "Neo-Nazi Convicted Of Vandalizing Jewish Cemetery"
  6. ^ "Neo-Nazi Mariusz Wdziekonski Gets Maximum Sentence For Defiling Jewish Graves". Huffington Post. 17 December 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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