- Officer and civil servant in the Ministry of Defence
The Viennese Viktor Kenn pursued an officer’s career early on and at the outbreak of the First World War was involved in military action against Serbia as a lieutenant in the Imperial-Royal Infantry Regiment No. 77. After further action on the Italian and Eastern Fronts, he was taken prisoner by the Russians on 16 July 1916 near the Galician township of Ugrinov. He recorded this experience in a diary entry, describing not only the course of events but also the humiliation he felt, which shamed him profoundly, having been taken prisoner as a unwounded officer. After being in several POW camps, Viktor Kenn returned to Vienna in 1920.