On the bank of the beautiful Danube River which separates Buda from Pest the breathtaking shoes on the Danube memorial is a popular sightseeing stop. The Promenade is a memorial which honors the countless Jewish Hungarians which lost their lives in Budapest during World War II. This memorial is a reminder of the massacre which took place in Budapest during World War II when the Fascist Arrow Cross militiamen killed countless Jewish Hungarians.
The memorial has a special significance as it signifies shoes left behind on the bank. The shoes of Jewish Hungarians which were ordered to leave them behind on the side of the water. They were then shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies would fall in to the river and would be carried away. The memorial is located on the Pest side of the Danube Promenade close to the Hungarian Parliament and near the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It is found between Roosevelt square and Kossuth Square. From its location many of the spectacular sights of Budapest can be seen with breathtaking views of the city from every direction. It contains 60 pairs of cast iron shoes from the 40’s signifying shoes left behind by Jews that were shot and dumped into the Danube.
The memorial was opened on April 16th 2005 and it gives remembrance to the people shot into the Danube during World Word II. At the site there is also a 40 meter long 70 cm high stone bench and three cast iron signs each with the following text in Hungarian, English and Hebrew: ” To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross Militiamen in 1944-45. ” It serves as a constant reminder of the dark past endured by Hungarians during the second World War.
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Other sights nearby the Shoes on the Danube
From the the point of the sight you have a great view on the following sights which all are located on the other side of the Danube.
- Matthias Church
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Castle District
- Sikló (Funicular)
- Buda Castle
- Gellért Hill
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