The most heart wrenching area we visited while in Budapest was the Shoe Memorial along the Danube River. It was created by Hungarian sculptor Gyula Pauer and his friend Can Togay in 2005. “Shoes on the Danube” pays tribute to the Hungarian Jews who were killed by the Arrow Cross militiamen, one of Hungary’s most notorious fascist organizations, at the river in the 1940’s. Because shoes were very valuable at the time, the victims were asked to remove theirs before they were executed and thrown into the Danube River. Each sculpted pair is modeled after actual shoes of the time. Visitors leave flowers and other mementos to pay tribute to the victims.
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