Here is an introduction from the Wikipedia on the shoes:
The composition entitled ‘Shoes on the Danube Bank’ gives remembrance to the people shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror. The sculptor created sixty pairs of period-appropriate shoes out of iron. The shoes are attached to the stone embankment, and behind them lies a 40 meter long, 70 cm high stone bench. At three points are cast iron signs, with the following text in Hungarian, English, and Hebrew: “To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944–45. Erected 16 April 2005.” (Source: MTI, Saturday, April 16, 2005.)
They also remind me of the people who were shot dead in Nanjing in WWII and their bodies were thrown into the river.
To say the truth, I was not terribly impressed when I first reached the bank of the Danube overviewing Budapest. Maybe my expectations were raised too high through viewing too many great images of Budapest prior to my arrival. In my heart I quickly ranked Budapest after Prague, thinking it was a fair assessment.
My heart changed on the second day in Budapest when we cruised back on a ferry from the medieval town of Szentendre along the Danube. The sun was setting and the sight by the river was just lovely. . . . . . can’t help falling in love with Budapest from that moment on.
The setting sun illuminated many of the landscapes, castles, domes, buildings and bridges giving them a romantic touch. The sun’s illumination on the bridge has accentuated its warmth. . . . . . . . .the Parliament house was also at its greatest beauty when viewed 3D from the river.
The Buda side has always looked more picturesque than the Pest side. With the sun setting, the silhouettes of the buildings against the sky were more attractive than the view under direct sunlight. The water in the river was shimmering with a tint of gold.
The waters of the Danube offered an array of moods while the sun imparts its last rays of light onto Budapest giving it a warm feel before dusk finally sets in.
As we alight the ferry, we couldn’t help admiring at the sight of the Chain Bridge before us. A couple was sitting on the bank gazing at the wonderful sight. . . . . .time just stood still.