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Obj. ID: 44831
Jewish Funerary Art
  Holocaust Memorial in the New Light Jewish Cemetery in Lincolnwood, IL, USA, 2000

© Samuel D. Gruber, Photographer: Gruber, Samuel D., 2021

Who is Commemorated?

Jewish victims of the Holocaust 

Description

In the center of the cemetery on the axis from the entrance is a low circular mound, which the main paved path encircles. On the axis with the entrance, one sees and approaches a granite stele with a low angled wall in front, on which plaques are affixed. Behind this is a flagpole, from which flies the American flag. Behind this, is a large metal menorah, which is fully viewed from the other side of the mound. 

Inscriptions

On stele:

In memory
of
Six million Jewish
Martyrs and heroes

On small plaque between six plaques with names:

Victims of the
Holocaust
remembered

Commissioned by

New Light Cemetery Association

Summary and Remarks

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Name/Title
Holocaust memorial in the New Light Jewish Cemetery in Lincolnwood, IL | Unknown
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2000
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United States of America (USA) | Illinois | Lincolnwood, IL
| East Prairie Road / West Pratt Avenue
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History/Provenance

Lincolnwood is located just to the northwest of Chicago. The New Light Society (known as Chevra Or Chodash) was established in 1895 to provide burial places for the Jewish members of the New Light Society and their immediate families. The Society was dissolved in 1926 by the Illinois Secretary of State for the failure to file annual reports, and was transformed into the New Light Cemetery Association. In 1895 the area was unpopulated, with no paved roads. Now the cemetery is amid a settled residential and business community.

In 2000, the Association erected a central Holocaust memorial. At least one other monument in the cemetery commemorates victims of the Holocaust. This is a private stone erected by the Ratzenstien and Oberland families listing names, birth, and death dates of ten European family members killed between 1940 and 1943.

The cemetery Association holds an annual memorial service in front of the Holocaust Monument taking place between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The services are conducted by clergy selected from the larger Chicago Jewish community.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources

Gruen, Al. “History of New Light Cemetery,” The New Light Cemetery website , https://www.newlightcemetery.com/history (accessed October 2, 2022)
Type
Documenter
Samuel D. Gruber | 2021
Author of description
Samuel D. Gruber | 2021
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