Graves At Waldheim Jewish Cemetery In Chicago Were Not Vandalized [CORRECTION & UPDATED]


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People who recently visited a cemetery in Chicago were shocked to see many headstones of Kevarim lying on the ground.

The group of family members were at the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery for the Yartzheit of their grandmother, when they came across the downs graves.

The cemetery sent the following statement to YWN:

“These graves were NOT vandalized, these stone have fallen due to the natural course of time and deterioration of the materials used to secure them to their bases. Many of these graves are also over a century old, many of the interments were done without the benefit of an outside vault and consequently the ground surrounding them has sunken in places and caused some stones to lean. This area has a very high water table as well and unfortunately that ground has given way to the natural course of erosion. Eventually the stones weight gives way to physics and falls. Orders have already been issued to repair the monuments that have fallen that have our Endowed Care program.”

(Charles Gross – YWN)


  1. I have a number of relatives in the Waldheim Cemetary. The response from the management company is not true Not all of the tombstones are 100 years old many are 15-20 years old. There are over a hundred tombstones that are knocked down due to vandalism The mgt needs much more security & they need pressure because they claim they will reset only those that have paid endowments All others will lay on the grass & dirt There should be an outcry to protect those that can’t speak for themselves.