The Shoes on the Danube memorial in Budapest is a simple but poignant reminder of the victims of the Arrow Cross militiamen during the latter stages of World War 2 when Jews, political dissidents and ethnic minorities were shot in to the river Danube.
The memorial was conceived by Can Togay János, a Hungarian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer, sculpted by Gyula Pauer and unveiled on the 16th April 2005 and is located close to the Hungarian Parliament on the Pest side of the river Danube.
It is simple, effective and respectful showing more than thirty pairs of 1940′s style adult and children’s shoes, cast in iron and set on to the promenade. The shoes signify the men, women and children whose bodies would have been washed away by the river following their execution.
For more information about the sculptor see: http://www.pauergyula.hu/emlekmuvek/cipok.html
Photos of the Shoes on the Danube Memorial
Below you will find a selection of photos showing the Shoes on the Danube Memorial: