DescriptionA memorial for the Hungarian Jews murdered by the Arrow Cross between November 1944 to January 1945. The idea to construct a memorial on the river embankment to remember the Jewish victims of the Arrow Cross terror belongs to Gyula Pauer, Hungarian sculptor awarded the Kossuth-prize, and to his friend, Can Togay. Forming a row of about 40 meters, the monument exhibits 60 pairs of iron shoes, The commemoration is dedicated to the Jews murdered by the Arrow Cross, an antisemitic Hungarian Fascist movement originating in 1944; the terrorist regime was responsible for shooting the Jews into the river. They chose this embankment site on the Danube to spare themselves the work of burying over 20,000 people. The iron shoes were placed in 2005, on 16th April. The name of the memorial in Budapest is Shoes on the Danube Promenade, and each pair displayed is modeled after a shoe from the 1940's. The digital painting is a composite of public free domain images layered with original images created by Matthew Schwartz.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.