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A tribute to "the man who saved Jewish Waldheim Cemetery" #usa

Martin Fischer
 

The community newspaper article linked below from Forest Park, Illinois, is not new, but I only became aware of it this week. It tells the story of an important leader of the largest Jewish cemetery in the Chicago area. 
 
Waldheim Jewish cemetery was founded during the second wave of Jewish immigration to Chicago in the late-19th century.  With immigrants insisting on their own Jewish cemeteries, these groups eagerly looked for a cemetery to sell its members plots in their own specially created sections. Beginning in 1870, over 280 cemetery sections representing various Chicago family groups, synagogues, vereins, landsmanshaften, and other organizations purchased sections in Waldheim Cemetery located in the suburban municipality of Forest Park, just 9 miles west of the Chicago Loop. Waldheim was unique in that, although it was one cemetery, it was composed of 288 separate cemeteries with different owners, prices, rules, regulations and individual caretakers.
 
Today, different parts of Waldheim are managed by two different companies: Waldheim Cemetery Co., 1400 Desplaines Ave., Forest Park, Illinois; and Silverman & Weiss Inc., 1303 Desplaines Ave., Forest Park, Illinois.
 
 
A 2012 interview with Lapping is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FheRJNpxo0
 
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois
 

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Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website: https://jgsi.org

Carola Murray-Seegert
 

Martin, thank you SO much for this invaluable resource. I have visited Waldheim (virtually) many, many times when researching Chicago families, but until now did not understand the history of the cemeteries. The YouTube video is extremely interesting and also heart-warming. Very helpful and informative!
Carola Murray-Seegert
Oberursel Germany
Researching SKOLNIK, ISAACSON, FRIEDMAN, PINCKOWITZ (Chicago IL, Bransk and Knischin, Poland); MAIMON, COIN, FELSCHER (Chicago IL, Radauti-Prut RO, Taurage, LI)