Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Jun 20, 2008Public
Photo: The Shoes on the Danube Promade was created by a man named Gyula Pauer and is a memorial on the bank of the Danube in Budapest. It is a memorial to the people who fell victim to the Arrow Cross Militiamen in Budapest and depicts their shoes left behind as they were cast into the river after having just been shot during WWII. There were shoes of men, women and children, including the shoes of a toddler posted above.During WWII between 250 and 400 workers worked around the clock to prevent its Jewish population from being sent to the many concentrations camps that marked the war. They were housed at the Swedish Embassy and other buildings in the area. On January 8, 1945 all of the inhabitants were rounded up and taken away to the banks of the river by the Arrow Cross Execution Brigade. Still wanting to prevent a massacre, 20 policemen armed with bayonets rescued them all, and helped them to flee the country.
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial

This is the site where Jewish men, women, and children lost their lives. The place where they were shot for their beliefs and thrown into the icy winter waters as a means of extermination only after they removed their ever so valuable shoes. They may have lost their lives, but the memory and their shoes remain forever.
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Photo: Budapest - Shoes on the Danube Memorial