Oct 192011

Here is a photo we took last night (shot from the Pest side of the Danube) during our walk back to our rental apartment in Budapest’s 13th District.  The photo shows “Shoes on the Danube Promenade,” a memorial to Hungarian Jews shot to death and thrown into the river by militiamen belonging to the Hungarian fascist party (the Arrow Cross) at the end of World War II.   The shoes, all period appropriate and cast of iron, represent the shoes left behind by the victims.

We are getting a lot of interesting WWII history on our trip.  We found this memorial, though, as affecting (and chilling) as anything we have seen to date.

(In the background is the Chain Bridge, which links Pest with Buda.  The bridge was originally built in 1849, virtually destroyed by the Red Army during the Siege of Budapest in winter 1945, and then rebuilt and reopened in 1949.)



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