Thursday, 3 November 2016
I recently went on a long weekend to Budapest with family - the city is amazing - beautiful bridges, architecture and views from the citadel. It also has a war memorial called Shoes on The Danube which is a very thought-provoking thing to visit. Sculptors have created a moving memorial to Holocaust atrocities in front of the stunning Parliament building on the banks of the river. From 1944-45 Hungarian Jews were rounded up and forced to stand, naked, facing the river where they were shot at close range by firing squad. They fell in the river to be washed away. What you see are 60 pairs of shoes made of cast iron. The different sizes and styles illustrate that nobody was spared - there are shoes of women, children, businessmen, sportsmen and so on. Take a moment today to think about how lucky we are and appreciate the things that you might take for granted.