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World War I Memorial Tablet - University of Pécs

A relief made of bronze with a red marble frame. It was placed at the University of Pécs in 1930 and made by Sándor Gecső.

The inscription is:

"A M. Kir. Erzsébet Tudományegyetem, valamint a volt Pozsonyi és a Pécsi Jogakadémiák Hősi halottai." 1914-1918 

/Heroic dead of the Erzsébet University of the Kingdom of Hungary, and the University of Pozsony and the Academy of Law in Pécs." 1914-1918/

The inscription is written on the left side of the relief, while on the right side there are three Hungarian soldiers in helmet with bayonets. First of them turn his head to the right "looking out " from the relief, while the one in the middle had been shot and move his hands to his chest, his head falls back. At the down side of the relief Dergré Lajos is portrayed with an inscription on his both sides: "He only loved his country more than his science. Died heroic death in front of his squadron by Uzsák. "("Tudományánál csak hazáját szerette jobban. Hősi halált halt százada élén Uzsoknál.")

Hungary, Hungary

Type of WWI-heritage

  • War monument


State of repair/preservation

No data available

Historical WWI Context

Degré Lajos, who was portrayed on the relief was a professor of criminal and procedural law at the university in Bratislava. After a half year of starting his work he went for a soldier at the beginning of the World War I and falls on the battlefield. 

As the legal successor of the Hungarian Royal Erzsébet Univeritsy the University of Pécs wished to find a worthy place for the memorial to commemorate the heroic dead of the university.

State of legal protection

protected (Ruled by the Act LXIV of 2001 )


Public property

Kind of cultural use of WWI



The Baka múzeum in Szekszárd is open Saturdays 9.00-13.00

Other visiting opportunities may be arranged for groups or non-locals by contacting György Borbandi (tel.: +36302260868, e-mail: or Zoltán Tálosi (tel.: +36304571022, e-mail:


For more information about “Új világ született” exhibition visit:


The Museum of Military History is opened from Tuesday till Sunday, form 9.00 – 17.00.

(tel: +36 1 325-1600; e-mail: )

Entrance Fee

Entry to the Baka Museum in Szekszárd is free of charge, the entry to “Új világ született” exhibition is 3000 HUF, while the entry to the Museum of Military History is 1.500 HUF

Information regarding cities, villages, other touristic attractions (non-WWI) nearby

The city of Pécs is home to countless tourist attractions. It has been inhabited since the Roman ages, when it was called Sopianae. One of the main tourist attractions is the Early Christian Cemetery which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. This heritage site can be accessed through the Cella Septichora Visitor’s Centre. Pécs continued to be a religious seat, the diocese being founded in 1064. Medieval relics can be found in the Dóm Museum. The present neo-romanesque cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century. During the 16th century Pécs was occupied by the Turkish, and the modern cityscape has preserved some of its built heritage. The main attraction is the mosque of pasha Gazi Kasim, which is found on the main square (Széchenyi tér) of the city. Another important element of Pécs’ heritage is Zsolnay porcelain, their legacy being carried on and rejuvenated by the founding of the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, which has become a new cultural scene in the city. Further tourist information about Pécs can be found at: and


Various providers in broad range of categories can be found at:

Search: Pécs, (Baranya, Hungary)


Public Transport

Pécs can be accessed by train and coach also. InterCity trains leave from Budapest, Keleti pályaudvar (Eastern railway station) every two hours. The trip is 3 hours long. Timetables can be found at Coaches leave from Népliget Bus Terminal (, the trip is about 4 hours long. Coach timetables can be found at and clicking on “csak Volán járatok”.

Further information sources

Other heritage sites nearby

Museums Private Collections

There is a museum in Szekszárd (60 km north of Pécs in Tolna county) dedicated to the infantryman of Tolna county who served in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. It is the private collection of György Borbandi and Zoltán Tálosi that has been made available for public viewing. Hungarian language website:

Address: Béla király tér 1., Vár köz, 7100 Szekszárd

„Új világ született“(„A New World Was Born“) permanent exhibition guides visitors from the belle époque through wartime enthusiasm to bitter disillusionment on over 600 square metres. The exhibition brings the horrors of war closer to the spectators of today with the help of exceptional visual devices.

Address: Várkert Bazár, Dél Palota, Ybl Miklós Square 6., 1013 Budapest


There is another permanent exhibition in the Museum of Military History in Budapest with the title, „Hungary in the Great War 1914-1918“.

Address: Kapisztrán Square 2-4, 1014 Budapest


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