Erika Hartig

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameErica Paula Sofie Julie "Erika"•Hartig (von Ditfurth-, von Rodewald-)
Used nameErika•Hartig
Born25 February 1886 in Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
Died6 January 1962 in Pretoria, Gauteng (RSA)
NOC South Africa


Erika Hartig was a draftswoman and illustrator and the daughter of the landowner and politician Franz von Ditfurth (1840-1909). Around 1910 she accompanied her first husband to the then German colony of German Southwest Africa (now Namibia). After his early death she married again and later went to South Africa. Her two submitted paintings showed famous German show jumping horses. “Wotan” carried Hermann Freiherr von Nagel (1899-1982), an officer and one of the most successful German show jumpers in the 1930s, to numerous victories in the Nations Cup. In 1933 he wanted to give the horse to Hitler when he seized power; however, Hitler refused the gift. “Baccarat” was ridden by cavalry officer First Lieutenant Harald Momm (1899-1979), later head of the German horse jumping team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Art Competitions RSA Erika Hartig
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC