A Poignant Memorial In Budapest

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Diane Macdonald @dmcamera
· November 2018 · 3 min read · #steemusa

The Shoes on the Danube Bank


When I get back home from my travels, I will post more about my experiences, but I was so moved by this memorial that I decided that I would grab a few minutes to write about it now.


While strolling along the riverbank of the Danube in Budapest on the Pest side the other day, I came across this interesting collection of shoes of all shapes and sizes. The light was not too good at the time, and I did not know the significance of them, so I made a mental note to return, which I did this afternoon just as the sun was setting.

Yesterday I visited the Great Synagogue in the Old Jewish Quarter ( which I will write about when I get back home), and there I learned the significance of The Shoes on the Danube Bank, making me all the more determined to make a return visit.

In 1944-1945, a political fascist group called the Arrow Cross (basically Hungarian Nazis) killed thousands of Jews - men, women and children - by shooting them in the back so that their bodies would fall into the river and wash away. Sometimes the killers would tie a few people together and shoot only one of the group, causing the others to be pulled into the river alive.

The sculpture, created by sculptor Gyula Pauer, was the idea of film director Can Togay and represents the shoes left behind by the victims. They were ordered to step out of their shoes before being so ruthlessly killed.

It was very sobering to think that such evil was perpetrated right where I stood. I can hardly begin to imagine the terror felt by those poor people as they looked across the Danube for the last time.

Although there were many people milling about, the atmosphere was very sombre, so I believe that the Memorial was having the same effect on all those present. And that is a good thing! We must never ever forget the horrors of the Holocaust, and we must make sure that that it never happens again!


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daveks @daveksNovember 2018

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Thank you! I’m glad you liked it!


I'm glad that we can remember such horrible things through memorials like this. We should never forget what humans are capable of doing... I'll spend one day in Budapest at the end of December and I'll make sure to visit this place.. thank you for sharing!


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hippiesoul @nolascoNovember 2018

Disturbing, but wonderful post, Diane, and the photos are so beautiful!


The shoes are such a poignant reminder. Your images of these sculptures convey the heartwrenching sentiments that must be felt by everyone who can place themselves in the shoes of these people, looking out over the Danube knowing it was for the last time. Resteemed. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎


Amazing photos and a very poignant memorial @dmcamera I can just imagine the somber mood of people viewing these shoes and learning of their significance. As much as we need memorials to celebrate bravery and heroism, we need even more to honour those who didn't stand a chance against such evil. Thanks so much for sharing this post @dmcamera.

I wish you safe and blessed travels. (U & R )


Thanks @trudeehunter! I agree. When I posted a shorter version of this for my Facebook family and friends, one of my old school friends told me that a friend of hers lost great grandparents, grandparents, and two uncles in Budapest during these senseless killings in WWII!


Oh......that must have been tragic for them. I wonder if they have visited the memorial @dmcamera ?


That is a powerful and poignant memorial... A striking reminder to what had happened and what should never be forgotten... Beautiful post, with very lovely photos <3 Thank you.


You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by!


What a powerful memorial!! And I wished that we would not allow this thing to happen anymore. Sadly, it seems it is happening now in some parts of Africa, in Yemen and probably in more places our news is not interested in.


So true. The world has become complacent again and the news gives us only what sells advertising slots for them!


Happy Thanksgiving my sweet friend 🤗🌹🦃
Hope you are doing well and having a fantastic day. Much love 🤗🤗🤗


Thanks, dear friend! I have been home for a week, and have had so much to catch up on - including sleep! Lol!!


Awww... I hope you get enough sleep so you feel less tired 🤗
I know the feeling of catching up... I feel like when I catch up on one thing.. I miss another 😂 lol
I hope you are doing well my friend and having a fantastic Sunday. Much love ❤️🤗❤️


@dmcamera while reading, eyes got moistened....

Those were not "The Shoes......but woes of the Jews on the Danube Bank."

"In 1944-1945, a political fascist group called the Arrow Cross (basically Hungarian Nazis) killed thousands of Jews - men, women and children - by shooting them in the back so that their bodies would fall into the river and wash away. Sometimes the killers would tie a few people together and shoot only one of the group, causing the others to be pulled into the river alive."

What the hell has they gained by causing this holocaust? NOTHING!

When our thoughts start thinking about the terrifying horror those innocent lives have been subjected to, our minds feel as if they are getting crushed under huge boulders!

There is only one constructive weapon called "LOVE." Let us destroy the destructive weapons and spread this constructive weapon and make this world "a heaven on Earth."

@dmcamera, wishing you and your family (and this entire universe as well) a very happy and merry Christmas.