The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial erected on April 16 2005, in Budapest, Hungary. Conceived by film director Can Togay, he created it on the east bank of the Danube River with sculptor Gyula Pauer to honour the Jews who were massacred by Fascist Hungarian militia belonging to the Arrow Cross Party in Budapest during the Second World War. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.
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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!
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.
Monument dedicated to Jews killed on site by fascist. Draws a crowd but I haven`t seen any info point about it. #afkdeweekend / afkdeweekend.blogspot.ro
Very interesting the idea of Shoes. They were so good executed, and you.could find the story of every piece of shoe: small, big, almost destroyed, well kept. Everything have you the feeling that somebody is absent. What a painful tragedy! :( .... But beyond tragedy, art brings back history of Jews, as the chosen people.of God, whose rebellion against God, brought to years of running away and not being accepted everywhere. Well done friends...
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.
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
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. It was almost haunting how tourists became silent as they visit??? I found the children's shoes quite moving and to think it depicts a time in history is shocking. Don't be put off by the melancholy undertones it's very pretty aswel as sad.
A chilling memorial commemorating heinous acts of brutality during World War II. The image is haunting and will make you reflect. It's both uplifting and depressing. I was happy I went to see it. It will stay with me for a long time. About 30,000 people were sent to their death in this way but the actual events took place over several months and many different locations. The memorial is centrally placed so that many people can enjoy it.
Reflects very well the tragedy happened there. Well illustrated and schockingly effective. Details and all were perfect. Read the story behind from google.
Great place to visit. Beautiful view. Sometimes events. Check out the sunset with your girlfriend/boyfriend.
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.
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.
A memorial for terrible acts. There are so many things to see along the river. A guided walking tour is an excellent way to see all of the sites or just take a walk yourself. Must see. This is tragic.
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...
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.
Beautiful, but heartbreaking memorial that honours the people who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. The scultures of shoes left behind on the bank reminded me of the mountains of shoes at Auschwitz. In both of these memorials, there is nothing more chilling than seeing a child's shoe.