These rusty metal shoes on the Danube bank near the parliament building in Budapest is a memorial to the holocaust victims of World War II. The memorial is more subtle as opposed to others with intense visual statement that depict skinny malnourished bodies overlaying on top of each other, yet the story behind the shoes is just as horrifying.
The Jews were forced onto the banks of the Danube and were shot to death by members of the Arrow Cross Party of Hungary which modeled after the Nazi Party. The river took care of disposing the bodies while the shoes were the only remnants left.
The Danube River today dazzles with magnificent architectures such as the Buda Castle and the parliament building by its side, which is a stark contrast to the dark piece of history which too seems to dazzle as a constant reminder to the ghastly past.