Shoes on the Danube Bank, Budapest

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The emotional exhibit, Shoes on the Danube Bank pays tribute to Jewish victims killed along the Danube during World War II. View the 60 pairs of iron 1940s-style shoes that represent the footwear left behind by the Jews who were forced to stand barefoot at the river's edge to be shot by Arrow Cross militiamen during the Holocaust. Sculptor Gyula Pauer and filmmaker Can Togay designed and created this moving memorial, which was erected in 2005. Experience this powerful installation in between your visits to other nearby sites, such as the Parliament building, which is just a short walk away. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Budapest trip simple and quick.
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  • I think they have found the most effective way to pass a strong message so sweet and delicate. A series of shoes all lined up on the dock, they say more than a thousand words. To see.
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  • A poignant reminder of the many atrocities of the holocaust era. Worth seeing but I wish people wouldn't litter the memorial with tributes and trinkets. It detracts from its purpose and effect in my o...  more »
  • Knowing the history of this monumanta, the blood in the veins of ice at this place. I hope humanity never repeats like this.
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  • It's a powerful statement in the form of art. But the monument seemed badly maintained... Rust and trash were quite common. The road/path to the monument is rather badly planned... We came from the parliament house direction. The path leading down to the river side was rather hidden (if you miss it, the next opportunity will be miles away because of the trams). Once we were down on the river level, the crossing was far beyond the monument. So we needed to circle all the way back again...
  • One of the most impactful memorials I have visited. It hits you like a brick. How any human being, or any group could carry out such horror is beyond my capacity to understand. Without words, this tribute puts you in that moment of terror. The tiny children's shoes... Will stay with me.
  • Hard hitting memorial to those that lost their life being shot by the river. We found ourselves sitting for a long time on the wall just taking everything in. It almost seems unreal. I would urge people to spend a little more time here, sit down, don't say anything and just think. We saw way too many people stroll over bend down and try and take an arty photo of the shoes then leave. Unfortunately these people just see it as an attraction to "add to the list". PLEASE don't be one of those people, there is a deep meaning behind the memorial that ought to be appreciated and is forgotten by far too many. Come here to pay your respects and think how lucky you are, not to take an Instagrammable photo - there are plenty of other amazing places to do that in this wonderful city.
  • In memory of those who lost their lives during the Arrow Cross rule, the “Shoes on the Danube” takes the form of 60 pairs of shoes cast in iron and anchored to the ground. Different styles and sizes can be seen, showing that nobody was safe – not men, women or children. Nearly 80,000 Jews were expelled from Hungary in a death march to the Austrian border and approximately 20,000 Jews were brutally shot along the banks of the Danube River. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint (shoes being a valuable commodity during World War II) and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy, falling over the edge to be washed away by the freezing waters.Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a haunting tribute to this horrific time in history. The shoes are pointing to the river waiting for the owners to pick them up after a refreshing swim into the Danube.
  • One of the most popular visiting spots in Budapest. A memorial site in the name of those who were killed during the WWII here. Right on the banks of the river Danube and just 5 minutes walk from the parliament building. Although a simple and non-glm point, the area certainly caught my attention and I ended up spending considerable time over here.
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