When you walk towards the pest side of Danube river you will come across 60 pairs of old-fashioned rusted made of iron shoes, the type people wore in 1940s, shoes styles of men, women and children.
It’s the memorial and a monument to the Hungarian Jews who, in the winter 1944-1945, were shot on the banks of the Danube River by the members of the Arrow Cross Party who introduced a reign of terror in Budapest. Publicly terrorising the Jews in Budapest by beating and killing them.
Nearly 80,000 Jews were expelled from Hungary in a death march to the Austrian border and approximately 20,000 Jews were brutally shot along the banks of the Danube River. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy, falling over the edge to be washed away by the freezing waters.
Today, the shoes of Danube Promenade is a tribute to the horrific time in History depicting how no one regardless of age, gender or occupation was spared. When we arrived at the place there were lot of people paying tribute to the victims and they were also candles lit and flowers laid in honour of the fallen victims.