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“Sad, but great to see”

Shoes on the Danube Bank
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“Sad, but great to see”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

When walking on the Danube Promenade you will pass the shoes. We did not understand what they were doing there initially, but the little plaque helped. It would be great if there was an information board at this site.

Visited December 2012
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“Artistic reminder invokes reflection of Jewish persecution.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

The comments at this memorial, which is located along the banks of the Danube river near the Parliament buildings, do not mention that those killed by the Arrow Cross Facists were Jews. Do your homework before visiting this memorial so that you know what happened and then it will mean more to you. 64 pairs of iron shoes set to represent those shot and killed and thrown into the river. The tour at the Great Synagogue includes the museum and provides good information about the Jews persecution. A sad part of their history is that the Arrow Cross Party Facists were Hungarians who sympathised with the Third Reich and so you had Hungarians persecuting other Hungarians.

Visited December 2012
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“Simple monument but very powerful.”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

Simply done piece of art/monument, but very powerful. Visiting this first and then the Terror Museum really put in to perspective the horrors faced by the people of Budapest during rule by the Arrow Cross and then the Soviets.

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Whilst I liked the idea of this memorial and thought it was done with sensitivity and style it was nonetheless a bit underwhelming.
It could be to do with the positively freezing wind blowing off the Danube that morning which made it most unpleasant to get to.
Worth a detour if you are visiting Parliament, but I wouldnt make a special journey

Visited January 2013
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“A place to reflect”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

We fell upon this without knowing the symbolism behind them (we could guess, but didnt know the exact details)…….., maybe a plaque or something to advise tourists? However, later in the day whilst on a Communism tour, we asked the guide who went on to explain the full meaning of these shoes.......a very thought provoking remembrance to an era i hope we never return to. A place to sit, shopw respect and reflect on the past of the city.

Visited November 2012
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