Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Today we took the train to Budapest, where we'll be until we leave to go home on Friday. It only took us about 3 hours to get from Vienna to Budapest. After checking into the hotel and getting some lunch we did a walking tour of Budapest and saw some of the major sights of the city as well as a few places that had a lot of history entwined with the Holocaust. We took a trolley up hill to get a better view of the city and saw the castle which was actually destroyed during WWII and then rebuilt. Not too far from the castle is the Presidents house and next to that there is a building that still shows shelling damage that has not been repaired as a monument to WWII. After walking around up on the hill for a while we took the subway under the Danube and walked to a monument on the riverside that was in honor of the Jews that had been shot in the river in late 1944.
The monument is a line of cast iron shoes where people has been shot with three plaques, one in English, one in Hebrew and one in Hungarian. I think that this monument did a good job of being honest and out in the open, however there is no convenient way of getting to it.