This is a very moving memorial to the Jewish adults and children who were massacred on this spot by the Fascist Arrow Cross Regime in Hungary during the second world war. The victims were taken to this spot and forced to remove their shoes and coats before being machine gunned and their bodies thrown into the Danube. Their coats and shoes were then earmarked for use by German civilians.
The spot is now marked by dozens of pairs of tossled shoes cast in iron alongside the Danube. Very touching.
The Raoul Wallenberg Emlékpark (memory park) in the rear courtyard holds the Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs — at least 400,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Made by Imre Varga, it resembles a weeping willow whose leaves bear inscriptions with the names of victims
The Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest. It honors the Jews who fell victim to fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest and depicts their shoes left behind on the bank when they fell into the river after having been shot during World War II.
The shoes are in memory of Budapest Jews who were shot during the 2nd World War. They symbolize the abandoned shoes on the bank, which the Jews were ordered to leave, after which they were shot and thrown into the water. Approximately 10,000 Jews were murdered in this way.
The memorial is made by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay.
The first time I saw this beautiful piece I was very moved.
It lost none of its impact on a second viewing.
The weeping willow, created by Imre Varga, lies in the park dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg at the rear of the Dohany Synagogue. Access to the park seems to be only via the synagogue itself, but you can see the memorial through the railings on Wesselenyi Utca.
The branches sway gently if there is a breeze, as a real tree would. And each of the many, many leaves is inscribed with the name of a Jewish family who died in the Holocaust.
Both times I visited I saw many people posing for photographs in front of this memorial, with wide smiles. I'm not really sure why but that simply felt wrong to me.
This monument consists of metal shoes placed on the bank of the Danube, remembering the vistims of executions which took place during the nazi occupation. Thousand of hungarian jews were shot into the Danube at this oand other spots in the late years of WWII. This composition was revealed in 2005. Unfortunately, it is heavy vandalized – perhaps not really by neofascists, but by people which found the shoes useful to make fire for barbecues in them….
The shoes on the Danube memorial is a monument to Remember the people who died by the members of the arrow cross militiamen during WW2.
The reason for the the shoes is that the Arrow cross militiamen forced them to remove their shoes and shot them into the Danube river.
The memorial was designed by can togay and gyula pauer and there is a sign with those words "To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944-45. Erected 16 April 2005".
BTW - i changed one of the pictures to Sepia because it looks more dramatic and powerful , to pss a message that the world should not forget what happend.
Partly funded by the Hungarian-American actor Tony Curtis the memorial to the 600,000 Jews killed by the Nazis in World War Two takes the form of a weeping willow tree.
It is the work of Imre Varga.
A quite interesting and spectacular although a bit bizarr monument in memory of the horrible era of the so-called arrow-cross terror of the Hungarian Nazis in 1944-45.
The memorial symbolizes the brutal execution procedure when the arrow-cross terrorists shot Jews so that they fell into the river.
Cca. 5000 people were killed by this way and further thousands of Jews and Gipsies were murdered during that era in Hungary.
There are 60 pairs of cast-iron shoes in contemporary design.
The Holocaust memorial is close to the Jewish Museum and is formed as a Tree of Life covered in leafs. Every leaf is a symbol of a human being. It is also said to represent an overturned menorah.
The Holocaust Monument
It's a very impressive monument for the Jewish victems of the World war 2.