shoesofdanube

Holocaust monuments are a way to memorialize a tragic event in history that most people particularly those that suffered from the injustice would love to forget.

But we as humans have short memories and unless we have visual aides we are creatures of habit and will fall into the same patterns and commit the same acts.

We all know how painful it is to go back to any physical place that we or a loved one has experienced an unpleasant hardship

But on the other hand we can also look back and feel within ourselves we could have and should have done more.

There should also be a resolve on the inside of Never Again!

The photo above is not just a photo of several rusty pairs of shoes overlooking a river.

These shoes tell a heart wrenching story that needs to be told as do all the holocaust memorials.

The Shoes on the Danube Promenade is a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary.

There are 60 pairs of iron shoes dedicated to the victims of the fascist Arrow Cross party during World War II.

The victims were commanded to take off their shoes at the bank of the river.

Most times the Jewish victims were roped or handcuffed by 2’s or 3’s. If you were two tied together one was shot dead pulling down the living to the bottom of the river.

If you were three tied together the victim in the middle was shot pulling down the two alive who in most cases were strapped with additional weight.

The memorial was inaugurated on April 16, 2005.