I shared the story of what I hope to be my first of many trips to Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery here.
Way in the back of Oak Woods we saw this:
If you look closely, you’ll see headstones hidden among what appears to be just a vacant field in the front of the cemetery:
Even the fence separating the Jewish cemetery from Oak Woods was in terrible disrepair:
I asked our Chicago Architecture Foundation tour guide why this section of Oak Woods wasn’t being cared for:
She said as a courtesy, the wall surrounding Oak Woods had been extended to include the Jewish Cemetery:
From other sources, I learned Oak Woods made multiple unsuccessful attempts to locate the owners of the Jewish Cemetery:
A coworker suggested looking for the synagogue to which those buried here would have belonged:
Any ideas about how we might find those responsible?