Can Togay: The Shoes On The Danube Promenade

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Near the parliament building, on the banks of the Danube River in Budapest, sixty pairs of iron shoes are set into the concrete. The Shoes on the Danube Promenade,created by film maker Can Togay with the help of sculptor Gyula Pauer,help to commemorate Hungarian Jews who lost their lives in the winter of 1944-1945.Through the use of abandoned, empty, and unfilled shoes the memorial is impactful in creating a sense of wonder, forcing the viewer to think about who the shoes might belong to. The shoes help tell and remember the tragic death of the jews but this memorial can also be connected to someone abandoning their shoes right then and there. Each shoe was carefully crafted to look like a style from the 1940’s,helping to portray what type

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