Otto Scheff

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Otto Scheff (born December 12, 1889 in Berlin , † October 26, 1956 in Maria Enzersdorf ), actually Otto Sochaczewsky , was a successful Austrian swimmer and politician of the ÖVP.


Gravestone at the romantic cemetery

Otto Scheff was born the son of the writer Heinrich Sochaczewsky (who probably published under the pseudonym Victor von Falk ).

In 1905 he was sent by the Austrian Swimming Association to the World Championships in Paris , where the 15-year-old was sensationally third over 340 m. With this performance he was able to qualify for the 1906 Olympic Intermediate Games in Athens . He messed up the first competition over 1,600 m, but over 400 m (gold) and 1 mile (bronze) he achieved top positions. In 1907 he then won the world championship. The following year he won another bronze medal over 400 m at the Olympic Games in London in 1908 . At the German Championships in 1908 and 1909 he won two German championship titles in the 1500 m freestyle.

After his sporting career, Scheff worked as a lawyer in Vienna, was a member of the National Council (1945–1953 for the ÖVP ) and Vice President of the ÖOC . In 1988 he was inducted into the international swimming pool 's hall of fame .

Scheff died in Maria Enzersdorf, where he is also buried at the romantic cemetery.

His daughter Gertraud Scheff (born February 13, 1921 in Maria Enzersdorf; † July 8, 2006 there) was also a successful swimmer and was scheduled as a fixed starter for the 1940 Summer Olympics in Tokyo , which were canceled due to the war.


In Mödling a street name reminds of Otto Scheff.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Elisabeth Hubel-Olengo: A walk through the romantic cemetery of Maria Enzersdorf from the Heimatbuch for the Mödling district, 1958, Touristik Verlag

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