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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  • Such a sad memorial and horrible time\event in human history. The art work is amazing but little do people know about the place's history. Many were brutally murdered here by chaining them together in groups and pushing them into the Danube icy water. These were innocent Jewish men women and children during the end of WW2. The plaque on the floor fails to explain exactly who and how were murdered there. Go visit and pay some honor to the victims.
  • We went there in our Budapest visit after receiving recommendations from friends. A very powerful experience. However, we know our history. Others- not so sure. There has to be an English explanation, not only a Hebrew one. I would also add names of victims, or at least families lost.
  • If you visit I do suggest reading about the history beforehand as if you don't understand why it is there it will be easily missed or not given the attention it deserves. It is a great place to visit allowing you to make great pictures of the Danube and surroundings like the parliament behind you or all other sites opposite the river. The shoes on the Danube bank are placed on a very central place so you will not have to go out of your way to find them. I do recommend!
  • If you have even the smallest amount of empathy and realise the meaning behind this simple but emotionally charged work of art? Well worth the riverbank walk to see
  • Must see place in Budapest. At the first sight it seems to be very simple, but the idea is very big. It makes you think and evokes deep reflections and emotions when you realize what happened there not so long ago.
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