Herschmann is one of only a few athletes to have won Olympic medals in different sports. He first competed at the 1896 Athens Games, the first modern Olympiad, and took the bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle (the first swimming event), which was won by Alfred Hajos.
Hershmann returned to Olympic competition at the 1912 Stockholm Games, competing as a member of Austria's fencing team. A sabre fencer, he won a silver medal in the team competition, and was eliminated in the first round of the individual event. When he won his medal in fencing, Herschmann was serving as President of the Austrian Olympic Committee. He is the only president of a National Olympic Committee to win a medal while holding the office. He is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Herschmann died in a concentration camp in Poland during the Holocaust.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Jan. 4, 1877 - d. June 14, 1942
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
The Olympic Games: Athens 1896-Sydney 2000, (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1999)