In memory of lost souls. Death on the Danube
"Nearly 80,000 Jews were expelled from Hungary in a death march to the Austrian border and approximately 20,000 Jews were brutally shot along the banks of the Danube River. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint (shoes being a valuable commodity during World War II) and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy, falling over the edge to be washed away by the freezing waters.
The Iron Shoes along the Peste bank of the Danube are a chilling reminder of just how low the morals of man can sink.
In contrast to the horrors on the Peste bank stands the magnificent Buda Castle in the background.
(c) P. Burness
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