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Shoes on the Danube Promenade

Shoes on the Danube PromenadeI found this memorial to the Budapest Jews executed by the facist Arrow Cross Party during the winter of 1944 -45 particularly moving. Sixty pairs of shoes, sculptured in iron, represent the valuable footwear victims were forced to remove before being shot into the icy waters of the Danube.  You imagine the people who wore them; a lady’s shoe finely stitched and crafted,  mens boots, the small shoes of a child.  The memorial is the work of Hungarian sculptor Gyula Pauer and Can Togay.  You’ll find it near the Hungarian Parliament building on the Pest side of the river, if you should visit Budapest I urge to take a moment to walk this way.

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