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Shoes On The Danube

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One of the most moving Holocaust memorials in Europe

Budapest Id. Antall József rkp. 1054 Hungary

Shoes On The Danube is one of the most moving memorials on earth. Located in the Pest side of Budapest, on the west banks of the Danube river, Shoes On The Danube tells the story of the Jews that were shot at the edge of the river during World War II. They were commanded to take their shoes off before their murder, and for that reason, film director Can Togay and sculptor Gyula Pauer created Shoes On The Danube to honour them.


Lined in front of the Parliament are 60 pairs of shoes made out of iron – The shoes show sizes that belonged even to children. To date, relatives of the victims still visit the memorial to lay flowers and candles.