History of Shoes on the Danube Promenade
Shoes on the Danube Promenade in Budapest is a memorial, dedicated to the murdered Jews by the fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during the World War II. The Arrow Cross Party ruled Hungary from 15 October 1944 to 28 March 1945. During this dreadful rule ten to fifteen thousand people, mostly Jews, were murdered and about 80 000 were deported to death camps. Many Jews were executed by being shot on the edge of the banks of the Danube so that their bodies fell in the water and were carried away from the already bloody river. Before that they were ordered to take off their shoes since the shoes were considered valuable belongings at the time. The 60 pairs of iron shoes look so real that you can feel the horror of this inhumanity that took place here.
Tips for visiting Shoes on the Danube Promenade
Address: On the bank of Danube River close to the Hungarian Parliament
Access: Metro station Kossuth Lajos tér – line M2
Opening hours: 24 hours a day
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If you want to find out more about the Jewish community in Budapest, then don’t miss to visit Dohany Street Synagogue.