Shoes on the Danube Bank: This Budapest Memorial Will Make You Cry
06-02-2017 10:00am | by Geeta Rai
Shoes on the Danube Bank: This Budapest Memorial Will Make You Cry :
We all know about the World War II and its effects on peoples’ lives. One such incident was revisited in Budapest at the banks of Danube .
Where sixty pairs of shoes have been recreated in the memory of the Jew that was killed at the Arrow Cross Militiamen. Budapest Memorial is not far off from the Hungarian Parliament.
Gyula Pauer is a Hungarian sculptor who had this idea of sculpting these shoes at the banks of the river Danube.
He had carefully created sixty pairs of shoes that were modeled during the era of the 1940s. These shoes are made out of iron so that they cannot be washed away and stay a remembrance.
The Arrow Cross Party squad ordered the men, women, and children to take off their shoes and stand on the tip of the banks so that post firing they could fall into the water and be washed away with it. No one from the group of Hungarians was saved or spared by the Militiamen.
The super example is of the then Hungarian cabaret and jazz singer Miklos Voglhut who married a catholic woman and changed the name as well could not be saved from the hands of these evil militiamen.
They were all machine gunned into the water without a second thought and the rest is history.
Gyula was touched by this incident that he decided to create a scene of a similar kind to mark the remembrance of the innocent Hungarian crowd that lost their lives that day. He was awarded the Kossuth prize for such an outstanding creation.
Passersby usually offer flowers and candles to these shoes as a memorial. Many put candies into the shoes of the children and flowers into the shoes of the ladies.
It is all seen lying on the banks of the Danube. It has been named as the Shoes on the Danube Promenade.
A huge piece of the memorial with cast iron sign reads that it is done in remembrance of the dead during 1944-45 by the arrow cross militiamen.
There is also a movie made out of this Holocaust event known as “tell your children”.
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