Holocaust Memorial - Shoes on the Danube, Budapest

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    Memorial to the victims

    by MedioLatino Written May 23, 2005

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    Budapest latest memorial composition, inaugurated in April 2005 is this memorial for the victims of the arrow cross militiamens terror.

    During WW2, in 1944-45, people were brought to the Danube and they have been just shot into the river. The composition called "Shoes on the Danube bank" is conmemorating them.

    I believe that all the holocaust memorials do have their place here...this horrible thing must be remembered...

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    Shoes on the Danube

    by GentleSpirit Written Jun 14, 2012

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    This display honors the memory of Hungarian Jews killed during the Arrow Cross terror in Budapest during 1944-45.

    It consists of 60 pairs of cast iron shoes. During the terror, the victims were to take off their shoes and would then be shot so that their bodies fell into the River Danube and were carried away.

    The Arrow Cross Party was the Hungarian equivalent of the National Socialist Party, achieving power only for a very brief time at the end of World War II, following the forced "resignation" of the Admiral Horthy. Their bloody reign ended with the arrival of Soviet troops in 1945 and they were later tried as war criminals.

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    The Shoes on the Danube

    by mallyak Written Dec 15, 2010

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    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.

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    Shoes on the Danube

    by azz8206 Updated Oct 7, 2010

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    The shoes found here on the waterfront are actual shoes worn by victims of the Arrow Cross and Nazis. During 1944 and 1945 Jews were routinely shot in back of the head and dumped into the Danube, mostly while chained to one another. The shoes are bronzed and you'll find baby shoes along with adult shoes. Some shoes are so worn out that you can almost see and feel the misery that these people went through. There are also two plaques commemorating the victims, one in English and the other in Hebrew.

    Baby shoes along with adult shoes Some shoes are really worn out. Plaque in English Plaque in Hebrew
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    Simple, and moving.

    by leics Updated Aug 1, 2009

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    This Holocaust monument is not especially easy to find.....nor easy to access.

    It lies on the riverside, on the Belgrad Rakpart in Pest. To find it, make your way to Vigado Ter, then cross the busy roads and tram lines until you are right beside the river. Look upstream towards Margit Hid (bridge).

    Depending on where you finally managed to cross the road, you may see dark blobs on the riverbank. As you get nearer, you will realise they are cast-iron shoes....mens', women's, children's.

    Hundreds of Jewish adults and children were killed on this spot by the facist Arrow Cross. Their bodies were thrown into the river, their shoes and clothes taken to give to Germans.

    The monument has been there since 2005. There are a couple of plaques set into the riverside to explain its significance.

    Once......... Closer view Plaque
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    Shoes on the Danube Holocaust Memorial

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    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.

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    Central Pest: Shoes on the Danube Promenade

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2013

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    At the peak of the Holocaust, in the final years of the war, Arrow Cross fascists in Budapest were rounding up Jewish civilians, lining them up on the banks of the Danube and executing them. Their bodies would fall into the river and be washed downstream. Sixty years later their deaths were commemorated by this memorial, created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay, on the banks of the Danube. It consists of 60 pairs of cast iron shoes modelled in the style of the 40s.

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    The Holocaust Monument – shoes on the Danube Bank

    by Airpunk Written Sep 12, 2008

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    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….

    Shoes on the Danube Bank That's how vandalism looks like...
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    Shoe on the Danube - The Holocaust memorial

    by ophiro Written Jul 20, 2008

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    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.

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    The Shoes on the Danube Promenade

    by DanDidriksen Updated Jan 9, 2010

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    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.

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    Holocaust memorial on the Danube embankment

    by Robert_Hun Updated Jun 23, 2005

    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.

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    Shoes on the Danube

    by JessieLang Written Nov 21, 2010

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    Shoes on the Danube is a memorial to the many Jews who were rounded up, shot, and dumped in the Danube during WWII. It consists of 60 pairs of bronze shoes along the riverbank.

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