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“A moving remembrance”

Shoes on the Danube Bank
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Budapest City Walk in Jewish Quarter
Ranked #4 of 595 things to do in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The shoes stretch along part of the Pest side of the Danube bank and commemorates the Jews who were lined up along the river, ordered to remove their shoes, and shot by fascist arrow cross militia men. There are no big notice boards, only small metal plaques at either end, but the memorial is no less moving for that. The metal casts are really lifelike, from men's shoes and workbooks, to women's heeled shoes and even some smaller ones for children, and it is all to easy to imagine the fate of the owners. Some flowers and notes left in the shoes show that this is is seen as a place of remembrance, and the people there when we went were silent and respectful.

1  Thank Christinej2012014
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This monument consists of shoes of babies, adults, old people, etc. along the bank of the Danube. It is a poignant reminder of the terrible killing of the Jews in Budapest who were lined up at the edge of the river, made to disrobe and then shot in the back so they would drown in the river. The Hungarians have put a tiny plaque on the ground indicating it is in memory of victims of the Nazis. They neglect to mention that the Jews were the victims. ( In fact, they neglect to mention that at the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial as well.)

Thank Ellen W
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

It's hard to say you loved the place associated with death of others, but Danube Promenade memorial was very moving. Except for some tourists taking smily pictures with the shoes in the background.. not the place for that..

Thank LEmonka44
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

First of all, until trip advisor uses my report to change the location, it is wrong on their off-line APP/map. I have attached a screen shot, it is on the "Pest" side, midway between the Margaret Bridge and the Chain Bridge.
This is a fantastic memorial. You have to read up on the history first, because as many reviewers mentioned, there is a basic plaque, which I actually think is a perfect compliment. It forces you to learn about it before or after, either way, to use your curiosity. Erected in 2005, the sculptor knew full well that future viewers would access the internet to learn about it, or ask locals.
A full plaque would diminish the point of the sculpture.

According to Wikipedia:
"It is located on the Pest side of the Danube Promenade in line with where Zoltan Street would meet the Danube if it continued that far, about 300 metres (980 ft) south of the Hungarian Parliament and near the Hungarian Academy of Sciences."

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

WE had read about the shoes on the Danube and why the memorial is there, but nothing prepared me for the emotion of seeing the shoes. Just go and see it for yourself.

1  Thank Maureen P
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