The cultural institution of the German minority of Hungary, Lenau House is situated in the classicist building of 8 Munkácsy street. In the garden, the statue of Ferenc Trischler commemorates the deportation of the ethnic German Swabians. The large Gothic walls and a number of crypts of the one-time Dominican church and monastery were unearthed on the south side of the building. This church and monastery was once dedicated to Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Lenau House of Pécs, the headquarters of Lenau Association, the cultural centre of ethnic Germans in Hungary, the meeting point of Germans and Hungarians, was built between 1987 and 1989.
In October 1986 following the conclusion of the twinning agreement between the cities of Fellbach and Pécs, the city of Fellbach donated 10.000 Deutch Marks for the construction of Lenau House. The house was opened on the 3rd of June 1990.
Pécs, similarly to other parts of the region, is a culturally colourful town. Pécs was considered as a German town in the mid-19th century: as Michael Haas wrote it, the residents spoke German in the inner city, Hungarian in the Sziget quarters and Bosnian (or rather Croatian) elsewhere. Nine minority councils operate in the town today, one of these is German. Pécs is the most important town for the culture of ethnic Germans in Hungary today. More than half of the German-speaking community lives in Southern-Transdanubia. The German school centre and Lenau House are significant institutions from an educational and cultural point of view in the county.
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