Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

January 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm 12 comments

Shoes Memorial

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Along the east bank of the Danube river, there lies a memorial composed of different sizes and styles of weathered period shoes. Cast out of iron, the 60 pairs were meant to depict the shoes that the men, women, and children left behind on the bank after they were killed by the Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest in 1944-45. Shot at close range at the edges of the Danube, their bodies fell into the river and carried away by the currents.

Shoes Memorial
Shoes Memorial Shoes Memorial
Shoes Memorial

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In my travels, it’s one of the most touching memorials that I’d visited. Looking at the shoes, it’s not difficult to imagine the pain and the loss that the victims and survivors of this brutality had to endure.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pierrmorgan  |  January 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you for these photographs and your narration. I didn’t know about this memorial.

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm


      i guess it’s something to put in your bucket list. 🙂

      • 3. pierrmorgan  |  January 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm

        It may be! Good idea.

        • 4. plaridel  |  January 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm


          no pressure. too many places to go, too little time. 🙂

  • 5. Olga  |  January 12, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Very powerful memorial and post.

    • 6. plaridel  |  January 12, 2018 at 4:47 pm


      i think those who conceived it did a good job.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  January 14, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      thanks for the pingback! much appreciated.

  • 9. prior..  |  January 14, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    that first photo of the shoes really makes me wonder

    • 10. plaridel  |  January 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm


      they look like real leather shoes, but they’re made of iron. The artist did a good job.

      • 11. prior..  |  January 19, 2018 at 10:22 am

        the artist really did do a great job

        • 12. plaridel  |  January 19, 2018 at 1:39 pm


          you bet. 🙂


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