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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Travel Tales: Shoes on the Danube Promenade

Remembrance in Budapest

The beautiful city of Budapest
is divided in two by the Danube
River.  One side is called Buda
and the other Pest.

On the Pest side near the
Hungarian Parliament is a
haunting tribute to the Jews
who fell victim to the Arrow
Cross militiamen during
World War II.

Sixty pair of period-appropriate
shoes made of iron rest along
the banks of the Danube.

The tribute shows the shoes
left behind on the bank from
victims who were shot and
pushed into the river.  This
was easier for the militia, since
they did not have to deal
with burial of the bodies.

The victims had to remove their
shoes since they were considered
valuable at the time.  Sadly, their
lives were not considered valuable.

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