My wife and I watched Walking With the Enemy the other night. It’s based on a true story of how the Jews were persecuted, stripped of their property, and murdered during the Nazi occupation of Hungary. The German Nazis were bad enough, but it was the Hungarian collaborators who were the worst since they turned on their fellow Hungarians.
“[T]ragedy struck in the summer of 1941. Some 18,000 Jews randomly designated by the Hungarian authorities as ‘Jewish foreign nationals’ were kicked out of their homes and deported to Kamenets-Podolsk in the Ukraine, where most were murdered. In early 1942, another 1,000 Jews in the section of Hungary newly acquired from Yugoslavia were murdered by Hungarian soldiers and police in their ‘pursuit of Partisans.’
“[The Hungarian] Arrow Cross immediately introduced a reign of terror in Budapest. Nearly 80,000 Jews were killed in Budapest itself, shot on the banks of the Danube River and then thrown into the river. Thousands of others were forced on death marches to the Austrian border. In December, during the Soviet siege of the city, 70,000 Jews were forced into a ghetto. Thousands died of cold, disease, and starvation.”
The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial in Budapest, Hungary, to honor the people (mainly Budapest Jews) who were killed by fascist….