Things to Do, What's New — By Gyongi Asztalos on September 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

This Holocaust memorial of life-size cast-iron shoes lining the embankment in front of the Houses of Parliament, entitled the Shoes on the Danube, commemorates the Jews shot into the River Danube by members of the fascist Arrow Cross party in 1944, ordered to take their shoes and other valuables off before facing their tragic fate. The 60 pairs of shoes, each based on a contemporary 1940’s piece, designed by Kossuth-prize winning Hungarian sculptor Gyula Pauer and his friend Can Togay, were placed on the embankment in 2005. Though very simple, it is one of the most poignant monuments of Budapest, touching not only because of the heartbreaking story it tells, but because of its subtlety and gut-wrenching honesty.

Tags: "Holocaust Memorial Budapest", "Shoes on the Danube Budapest"

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