Attila Petschauer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Referee
SexMale
Full nameAttila•Petschauer
Used nameAttila•Petschauer
Nick/petnamesPecsus
Born14 December 1904 in Budapest (HUN)
Died20 January 1943 in Davydovka, Voronezh (RUS)
AffiliationsNVC, (HUN)
NOC Hungary

Biography

Attila Petschauer competed at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics, winning team sabre gold both years and an individual sabre silver in 1928. At the European Championships, Petschauer won silver medals individually in 1925 and 1929, and bronze medals in 1923, 1927, and 1930. He also helped Hungary win team sabre European titles in 1930-31.

In World War II most Hungarian Jews were deported to concentration camps, but Petschauer’s status as an elite sportsman exempted him initially. In 1943 he was deported to the Davidovka concentration camp in Ukraine. The story, as it has been usually told, was that during a prisoner line-up Petschauer was called out by the commanding officer of the camp, Lt. Col. Kálmán Cseh von Szent-Katolna, who had competed in equestrian for Hungary at the 1928 Olympics. It was mid-winter and bitter cold, but the guards forced Petschauer to undress and climb a tree, and while up there, they sprayed him with freezing water. It is also said that he was beaten with a wire whip until his spine was exposed and he died shortly thereafter. This story was told in the 1999 film “Sunshine,” starring Ralph Fiennes. However, this has now been questioned as Hungarian military archives state that Petschauer died during an outbreak of typhus that spread through a Soviet POW camp.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Attila Petschauer
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 1 Gold
1932 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Attila Petschauer
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) 5
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Hungary 1 Gold

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1932 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Attila Petschauer
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
1936 Summer Olympics Fencing HUN Attila Petschauer
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Semi-Finals United States — Netherlands Judge
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Semi-Finals United States — Netherlands Judge

Special Notes