The Shoes on the Danube Bank – One of the most touching holocaust memorials in Budapest.

Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial.

Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial. On the night of 8 January 1945, an Arrow Cross execution brigade forced all the inhabitants of the building on Vadasz Street to the banks of the Danube. Photo credit

The Shoes on the Danube Bank are a memorial which honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II.

Not far from the Hungarian Parliament building sit sixty women’s, men’s, and children’s pairs of old-fashioned shoes, the type people wore in the 1940s.

One of the victims was Miklós Voglhut, a Hungarian cabaret and jazz singer, actor, comedian and theater secretary in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The fact that he was married to a Catholic woman, Kati Szőke, and the fact that he changed his name did not save him from the Holocaust.

On December 19, 1944, Miklós was among the group of Jews who were forced to strip naked, lined up along the banks of the Danube and machine-gunned into the river by Hungarian Nazis.

A firing squad, members of the Arrow Cross Party, shot the prisoners at close range in the bank so that they would fall into the river to be washed away.

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