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Otto Herschmann

Full name: Otto Herschmann
Gender: Male
Born: January 4, 1877 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
Died: June 17, 1942 in Sobibór, Lubelskie, Poland
Affiliations: 1.W.A.S.C., Wien (AUT) / WAC, Wien (AUT)
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Fencing, Swimming

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

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.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 19 Athina Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Austria AUT 2 Silver
1906 Summer 29 Athina Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual, Three Hits Austria AUT AC p1 r1/2
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Austria AUT 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 19 Athina Swimming Austria Final 2 1:22.8

Men's Sabre, Individual, Three Hits

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result

Men's Sabre, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW TD
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool 2 1912-07-15 2 1 24 20
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout A 2 1912-07-15 HUN 11, AUT 5 5 1
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout A 1 1912-07-15 Herschmann (AUT) 3, Mészáros (HUN) 1 3
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout A 2 1912-07-15 Fuchs (HUN) 3, Herschmann (AUT) 1 1
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout A 2 1912-07-15 Berti (HUN) 3, Herschmann (AUT) 1 1
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout A 2 1912-07-15 Schenker (HUN) 3, Herschmann (AUT) 1 1
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout D 1 1912-07-15 AUT 10, BOH 6 10 4
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Final Pool Team Bout E 1 1912-07-15 AUT 9, NED 3 9 3
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1912-07-14 2 1 27 21
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1912-07-14 HUN 11, AUT 5 5 1
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1912-07-14 AUT 11, ITA 5 11 3
1912 Summer 35 Stockholm Fencing Austria AUT Round One Pool Four 1 1912-07-14 2 0 17 6