Advocate Dr. Otto Herschmann was born in 1877 in Vienna, and was an outstanding sportsman in the fields of fencing and swimming, also serving as chairman of the Austrian Olympic Committee. At the first Olympic Games held in 1896 in Athens, Herschmann won the silver medal in the 100m freestyle swim category. Herschmann also participated in the second Olympic Games in Athens in 1906, and at the Stockholm Olympics of 1912, he won the silver medal as part of the Austrian fencing team. When he won at Stockholm, he was also serving as chairman of the Austrian Olympic Committee, a position he held until 1914. Between the years 1914-1932, he was president of the Austrian Union of Swimming Clubs. Herschmann was the first sportsman in history to win Olympic medals in two different sports, and one of the only individuals who ever achieved this feat.
On 14 June 1942, a deportation train left Vienna, reaching the Sobibor extermination camp two days later. One of the deportees was Otto Herschmann. All the Jews on this deportation were murdered on arrival.