The Shoes on the Danube are a memorial in remembrance of the victims of the completed genocide by the Hungarian collaborator regime during one of the darkest periods of European history.
Durante World War II, Budapest knew the Nazi terror under the government of Ferenc Szàlazi and the Arrow Cross Party. The terrible Hungarian militia that declared loyalty to Hitler Germany reciprocated the ferocious war crimes and was an accomplice in the extermination of more than 6.000 Hungarian Jews.
At the end of 1944 the collaborator government fell, but in the following weeks, the militants of Arrow Cross continued to commit brutal crimes in the Jewish community of Budapest. Besides the deportations and ordinary searches by the Third Reich, the soldiers of Szàlazi carried out true mass executions, dragging the prisoners to the Danube River and throwing their bodies into the water.
In memory of these victims, film director Can Togay and sculptor Gyula Pauer gathered 60 bronze shoes and laid them down on the Pest River, in close proximity to the Hungarian Parliament.
Shoes on the Danube
Id. Antall József rkp, 1054 Budapest