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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. Using our world travel planner, Budapest attractions like Shoes on the Danube Bank can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • After visiting the Parliament are dropped on the banks of the Danube is walking I saw on the quay a slew of bronze shoes a little rusty and of various styles. It is the Jewish Memorial commemorating the Nazi massacre. It is very suggestive is not expecting conveyed such sadness
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  • Amazing memorial, maybe a big difficult to understand why there's random shoes on the edge if you hadn't researched about it. Very raw and sensitive when seeing it up close.  more »
  • A very moving walk to this fact which deserves to be known - a big thank you to the artist to be able to make us feel these emotions
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  • Lovely memorial. It's different than other memorials like simple statues or obelisks. Very strong message, definitely worth a visit.
  • Mesmerizing monument. Creatively puts you in the shoes of those who sacrificed their lifes in the long journey towards Jewish independence.
  • Sad memorial for the jewish vitcims of the 2nd ww
  • Sombrero monument to the people murdered by the Arrow Cross Militiamen Hungarian Nazis. Victims had to remove their valuable shoes before being shot and dumped into the river Danube.
  • An exhibit with historical importance. Helps you realize how hard life was at one point during wartime