Beth Olem Cemetery

Did you know there is a Jewish Cemetery on the grounds of GM’s Poletown Plant? There is and as a result of Beth Olem’s location, it is only open to the public twice a year – the Sundays before Rosh Hashannah and Passover. Even then it is open only for a few hours.

How a cemetery ended up in the middle of GM plant isn’t so much a bizarre story, but a warning on the eminent domain situation. In 1981, the cities of Detroit & Hamtramck razed 465 acres to make way for a GM Plant. The 465 acres included 1,400 homes, 130 businesses and of courses, places of worship.

Read more about the Poletown story here. I have heard there is a well-written book on Poletown but can’t remember the title. Can someone help me out here?

1 Comment so far

  1. Girl in the D (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

    Perhaps you are thinking of Poletown: Community Betrayed? The author is Jeanie Wylie.

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.