The Holocaust Memorials

“And now, a prayer—or rather, a piece of advice: let there be comradeship among you. We are all brothers, and we are all suffering the same fate. The same smoke floats over all our heads. Help one another. It is the only way to survive.” — Elie Wiesel, Night

…and on a serious note…

I want to share the following for Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge from our trip in 2018.

Shoes on the Danube: Budapest’s most moving memorial . Here we find a trail of metal shoes on the banks of the Danube that serves as a monument for thousands of people … men, women and even children, who were executed along the river bank during WWII. They were told to take off their shoes before they were shot at the water’s edge.

The one below really touched me because these were shoes of young children. As a mother, I am thinking what the kids would have felt during this time … were they with their mothers? Did they suffer much? Was anybody comforting them while they were crying?

Below is the Moorish-style twin towers of the Synagogue.

The Dohany Street Synagogue is very touristy as it is the largest synagogue in Europe and second largest in the world.

Men are forbidden to enter the synagogue without covering their heads. My husband was given a kippah at the entrance so he can wear it while in the place of worship.

The cemetery is located at the back of the Heroes’ Memorial Temple.

Within its grounds are some Jewish memorials.

A memorial stained glass in the courtyard of the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park.

The Emanuel Tree – American actor Tony Curtis (whose father, Emanuel Schwartz, was a Hungarian Jew) funded the weeping willow memorial, located behind the Dohány Street Synagogue.

The names of 30 thousand Holocaust victims have been inscribed on the leaves.

Carl Lutz Memorial – Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz saved an estimated 60 thousand Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust


  1. ThingsHelenLoves says:

    A beautiful collection of images.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Helen!

  2. Marsha says:

    Such a terrible time in history! You have shared the unimaginable with feeling and respect. The thirty thousand leaves tell such a tiny part of the story, and yet it is such a huge number. Even if all 6 million Jews and 6 million others each had a leaf, it would not tell the whole story. There were survivors, and their lives were scarred forever. I think you know that I knew one of those children. She miraculously survived from age 4-9 in the camps along with about 10-12 other small children in those camps. Stories like hers abound and each is vital and unique. Thanks for sharing this reminder with PPAC. It is one we should never forget.

    1. Teresa says:

      Such a horrible time in he world’s history … much more when you know someone personally. It literally brought tears to my eyes. These are wonderful memorials “lest we forget”. Thanks for your thoughts Marsha!

      1. Marsha says:

        And thank you for sharing this post.

  3. Toonsarah says:

    You’ve shown us some truly important memorials Teresa, and presented them with respect. The child’s shoes are incredibly moving and the willow tree both beautiful and haunting. So many names!

    1. Teresa says:

      I know. I think there was a lot more memorials that we didn’t find. Thanks Sarah, glad you liked it!

  4. This is a very touching post…”Never again”…!
    As a mother myself, I shudder to the thought that innocent lives were lost, It´s horrifying that children were victims of this horrific and inhuman acts.
    So many names…may all their soul rest in peace.
    Thank you for sharing.I would love to see this monument myself as well.

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure to share. You described the feeling so accurately ❤️

  5. Gloria says:

    Always sad to read about the holocaust. The art is fascinating though.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Gloria for stopping by and for the comment ❤️

  6. Alison says:

    Terrible times Teresa. It’s great there are memorials for all of those thousands

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes true so as not to forget!

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