When we travel we are exposed to so many new people, cultures, history’s and more. While travelling sometimes we may gloss over the darker history of a country. However learning and seeing those history’s can give you a better understanding of the country. Budapest, Hungary is a top destination for most tourist. Its architect, amazing food and rich history is something no one should miss. While exploring Budapest I came across the shoes on the Danube. I was memorized at how perfect the replicas looked and instantly wondered what was their significance.
The Shoes of the Danube is a memorial that is located on the Pest side of the river. It was constructed in 2005, and contains the replica of 60 shoes that resemble the period. It was made to honor the 3500 people who were shot on the river, of which included 800 Jews. During World War II a group was formed by Ferenc Szalasi, called the ‘Arrow Cross Party’, there goal was to save as many Jews from Nazi camps. It was a very admirable and an amazing goal, and they did save many.
Unfortunately many also loss there lives not just Jews, but anyone who helped them. They were forced onto the bank of the river, they had to strip and then a firing squad fired. There bodies would fall into the river to be washed away. Its a truly beautiful memorial, and is a reminder of a horrific event in history.
It causes you to pause, to think and to reflect.
The sad and dark part of a history is just as important as the good, so when travelling abroad make sure to pay respect to both. If you ever are in Budapest do not miss this, its something worth seeing.
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!