In Budapest, Hungary, at the end of WWII many Hungarian Jews were slaughtered by a group of former Nazi’s who belonged to a party called Arrow Cross. The Hungarian Arrow Cross members, cooperating with the German Nazis, butchered and robbed Jews. The members believed that at the last-minute, Hitler would produce a ‘secret weapon’ that would enable the Axis powers to win the war.
The members of Arrow Cross would line the Jews up along the Danube and shoot them into the river in order to avoid the work of burying the bodies later. Victims were made to remove their shoes prior to being shot because of the value of the shoes.
Today there is an Embankment of Remembrance along the Danube River in Hungary. Gyula Pauer, a Hungarian sculptor, came up with the idea of remembering the victims by placing iron shoes along the river’s bank as a Memorial.
Lest we forget!
Read more about the suffering of the Jewish people at this site where the Holocaust History has been recorded.