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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Shoes along the Danube



Can Togay (film director) along with sculptor Pauer Gyula created “Shoes along the Danube on the Danube in Budapest in honor of the the Jews killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest between 1944-45. Jewish men, women and children were ordered to take off their shoe they were shot at the edge of the water so their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. To the Nazi, shoes had more value than people. Along the river bank, are 60 pairs of iron shoes of that period in all different sizes as a memorial to those killed . People place flowers and candles in the shoes in tribute to their memory. The memorial is located on the Pest side of the Danube Promenade and near the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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