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Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial, Budapest

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The emotional exhibit, Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial 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 Promenade Memorial can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Had to see this , it was more poignant as it co incided with Rosh Hashanah so there were a group of Jewish guys singing with a guitar and lighting candles , throwing bread into the river which is symb...  read more »
  • Dramatic in its simplicity, these shoes as symbols of war's horror and extermination of people. Often it is not the big monuments that give the most impression. These shoes did that one had a closer relationship to the victims, a monument that personifies and not only focus on the large number of who had to suffer.
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  • Been here with children. After a story where and whose ladies shoes, rough work boots and baby boots with bows, kids are very vpečatlilis′. Frightened and asked to go home, deciding that everything happened. No one will ever forget that created these monsters!
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  • Simple and clear but tells a very sad story of the people had faced to brutality. This "Must to see" work of art is actually a place of memorial... Thanks to the Hungarian-Turkish film director Mr. Can Togay for creating this concept and the sculptor Mr. Gyula Pauer for realizing Togay's concept...
  • The shoes on the Danuba are a painfull reminder to the crulness of the humam kind. We were choked at the sight of thos testimonial objects. It was amazing to see people from all over the world paying their respect.
  • Mandatory for every tourist and even locals. Its location being so close to the parliament only adds more value to the memorial. This is a reminder of how "lovely" the so-called humans can be. But if this monument does not bring you back your perhaps lost sense of life, if it doesn't make you grateful for still being alive and having your own shoes, nothing else will bring those feeling back to you. I am not Jewish nor gypsy by the way, but I return to this place often, usually in winter, or around my birthday. If snowing, the white snowflakes only add more symbolism to this already touching place.
  • Such sad memories from 2nd World War, but certainly must be remembered, so it hopefully will never happen again.
  • Really good Memorial. However the description of it on site said that the jews where "killed" rather than assassinated wich still shows the mentality of the people who didnt fully admit there responsibility in the assassination of the jews
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