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Shoes on the Danube

 

Few things in my life have disturbed me more than this 2005 holocaust memorial

to the Hungarian Jews shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror in 1944-45.

Sixty pairs of cast-iron shoes, in the styles of the 40's, stand in remembrance.

(Budapest, Hungary)



 

Shoes on the Danube

 

Few things in my life have disturbed me more than this 2005 holocaust memorial

to the Hungarian Jews shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror in 1944-45.

Sixty pairs of cast-iron shoes, in the styles of the 40's, stand in remembrance.

(Budapest, Hungary)



 

comments (40)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Aug 2013, 01:17
gobsmacked
Ginnie Hart: It definitely smacked me right between the eyes, Ray!
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 23 Aug 2013, 01:31
Fabulous capture Ginnie! This is a wonderful memorial to those who lost their lives during the war.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frances. It's a somber place to visit!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Aug 2013, 04:48
These shoes are the silent witness what happened.
I think, nobody can walk by without thinking about the ugliness of it all.
A wonderful memorial. I love the bridges in the background.
Ginnie Hart: That first bridge (Cross Bridge) was where our ship was docked for two days, MLMA. I'll never forget this memorial my whole life!
  • Emma
  • France
  • 23 Aug 2013, 05:17
Emouvant hommage
pour qu'on n'oublie pas...

Bonne journée Ginnie
amicalement
Ginnie Hart: Lest we forget, indeed, Emma. Merci.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 23 Aug 2013, 05:22
A sombre thought for today, Ginnie. I had not heard of this
Ginnie Hart: Sombre is the perfect word, Lisl!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Aug 2013, 06:15
This is a very clever idea isn't it Ginnie, such a simple notion brings the past to life better than a whole page of script & facts could
Ginnie Hart: I've never seen anything like it, Chris. It chills you to the bone to see it up close and personal. If you scroll down on this link, you can see some of the close-up shots...even the shoes of children:
http://www.ginniehart.blogspot.nl/2013/06/budapest-hungary-chain-bridge-and.html
  • Focales
  • France
  • 23 Aug 2013, 07:35
Completely surprising all these shoes in alignment. Your centring is excellent with a beautiful base line which leads the eye towards the bridge
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your comment, Marie. I took many pictures of this memorial and chose this one to give the POV at the edge of the Danube where they were shot. So sad.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 23 Aug 2013, 07:47
Oh wow! I was not aware of this memorial. In one way very cool; and in another very sad and haunting.
Ginnie Hart: Haunting is a good word, Brian. Few things have moved me more!
Sometimes a simple memorial like this can be far more affecting than some great marble edifice Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You're absolutely right, Bill.
Amazing place, fantastic photosmile Greetings
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zielona.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 23 Aug 2013, 09:17
In the Holocaust Museum in D.C. - there's a room filled with children's shoes. Looking at these - in Budapest - remind me of those. Devastating...
Thanks for this image!
Ginnie Hart: It still haunts me, Marcie. You cannot be untouched after seeing such things!
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 23 Aug 2013, 09:19
A sobering reminder and memorial Ginnie. Looking further afield, that could almost be snow on the hills.
Ginnie Hart: Sobering, indded, Chad. And look at you, observing correctly that there was snow in Budapest that day! smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Aug 2013, 09:30
Fascinating.. what an very unusual memorial to a tragic period in history. On a lighter note, I thought at first that a lot of people had just jumped in the river for a swim smile
Ginnie Hart: No swim that day, Alan, as it was freezing cold. Oh that it HAD been such, however!
Quite a moving image Ginnie! Very nicely captured.
Ginnie Hart: Moving and quite horrific for me, Richard. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 23 Aug 2013, 09:43
This would unsettle me too. Jessikah and I went to the holocaust museum in Washington. I don't think she realised the extent of the horror before then. Very sobering, these memorials must remain to remind people.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Auusie. And to think there are still some who say it never happened!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan
  • 23 Aug 2013, 10:43
Utterly annihilating.
Ginnie Hart: Another good word, Sister. I will never forget its affect on me.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 23 Aug 2013, 10:50
It certainly is a fitting memorial to such a horrendous occurrence.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Mary!
I'm impressed too
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Juan Carlos!
A poignant and heartbreaking reminder of man's inhumanity toward his fellow beings, Ginnie. I only wish that these memorials, dedicated to the innocent victims of the most evil & depraved among us, could put a stop to the madness. Sadly, this is not the case.
Ginnie Hart: It's enough to keep breaking our hearts, Beverly, over and over again!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Aug 2013, 14:40
The Hungarian history of being occupied by consecutive invaders, from the turks to the soviets is full of incidents of wonder and shock. A proud people that never lost there hope and will to survive.

A vivid memory of one of the best remembrance 'statues' I have ever seen.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Louis. Yes!
Like a few others I was not aware of either this memorial or the awful events it remembers.
Ginnie Hart: It was new for me, too, Brian. It still shocks me!
Nice shot Ginnie, and I like the story behind the picture. It's a unique memorial
Ginnie Hart: It's one of those memorials hard to like, Rani, but I'm very glad it'sa therte, "lest we forget."
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Aug 2013, 16:35
I agree with Chris - this is so much more effective than written facts. What a moving memorial
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Anne. Yes.
This just punches me in the gut!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Robin. It still does the same to me!
  • Helys
  • France
  • 23 Aug 2013, 17:34
So sad...No return
Surprising
Moving
Great tribute
R.I.P.
Ginnie Hart: Very sad, Helys. It still breaks my heart!
all in the water smile)
Ginnie Hart: I guess you think they all went swimming? How I wish! They were shot into the river because they were Jews....!
Oh I remember this place!
But I don't remember the story behind these shoes!

I visited the Jewish Museum in London a few weeks ago. There were so many American tourists there. wink
Ginnie Hart: There's a ground plaque nearby, LC, but you get lots of info when you Google it. So sad....!
Interesting - I'd never heard of this memorial - I don't think I've been along that particular bit of the river on my visits.
Ginnie Hart: It's not that old, Tom--from 2005--but it's definitely worth trying to find. It's near the Cross Bridge on the Pest side.
Powerful symbolism...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Larry!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Aug 2013, 00:28
A poignant reminder of the atrocity, your photo does it justice.
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Cherry. Thank you.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2013, 02:24
Very touching shot. I like the leading lines and how drawn into this photo it makes me feel. I would like to see this one day. The sepia is a good choice, too.
Ginnie Hart: It's even more powerful up close and personal, Bonnie. It'll haunt you forever.
That is such a moving memorial. It has huge impact.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Dave. It'll haunt you forever in real life.
There are terrible scars all over Europe aren't there. Very moving Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I couldn't have said it better, Janet! Thank you.
That certainly would be disturbing.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Michael.
Amazing image, Ginnie. Thank you for sharing this. I find these so disturbing. Like I can't face man's inhumanity to man.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Elizabeth. I'm glad we have these memorials, "lest we forget." Sadly, many HAVE forgotten!
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 26 Aug 2013, 17:08
It was a nondescript linear sculpture to me...

Until I read your caption...

Then it became extra-ordinary...
Ginnie Hart: I have much better up-close-and-personal images of this memorial, George, but I wanted to show the "forest" to get the overall effect. Thanks.
This is a heartbreaking memorial indeed, Ginnie. Such a simple image...
Ginnie Hart: Never to be forgotten, Wim! Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 27 Aug 2013, 21:21
Great shot. is important not forgot to fall into the same mistakes
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Oscar. The thing is, sadly we never seem to learn from our mistakes!
yes disturbing is the correct term. and i think the castings were a great way to remember those shot.
Ginnie Hart: I will never forget it, Ayush! Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 5 Sep 2013, 15:42
i didn't know about this.. even while viewing it from a computer screen, it is striking.. nicely captured.
Ginnie Hart: It strikes you to the core when you see it in real life, Rian! Trust me. Thanks.

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