“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