Loading...

Otto HERSCHMANN

Austria
TeamAustria
FencingFencing
SwimmingSwimming
Olympic Medals
2S
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesAthens 1896
Year of Birth1877

Biography

Otto Herschmann competed in two different sports at the Olympics. His first Olympic appearance was in swimming, losing the 1896 100 m freestyle competition narrowly to Hungary's Alfréd Hajós. He returned to Athens a decade later, this time as a fencer. He again placed second in Stockholm 1912, winning a silver medal with the Austrian sabre team. That same year, he became president of the Austrian Olympic Committee, a position he held until the end of World War I. For almost two decades (1914-1932), he served as the president of the Austrian Swimming Federation.

A Jew, he was set to be deported to the Yugoslav concentration camp Izbica. However, his transport was re-routed to the extermination camp Sobibór in Poland on 14 June 1942. Sometimes this date is listed as his date of death, but he most likely died in a gas chamber three days later.

Olympic Results

Athlete Olympic Results Content

You May Like