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Charlotte Klamroth
Charlotte Klamroth
Birth: 18 August 1903
Krottorf, Prussia (Saxony)
Death: 16 May 2015
Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Age: 111 years, 271 days
Country: GermanyGER

Charlotte Klamroth (née Dettmar; 18 August 1903 – 16 May 2015) was a German supercentenarian who was the oldest living person in Germany since the death of Johanna Klink on 19 or 20 February 2015.


Klamroth was born on 18 August 1903 in Krottorf, in the county of Börde, Province of Saxony. Her family leased the local manor since 1849 and farmed it until 1945, when they were dispossessed. Klamroth had three younger brothers and she adopted keeping the house and raising her siblings at age 18 when her mother died. In consequence Charlotte Klamroth was not able to visit upper school to become primary school teacher as she wanted to.

She married into the well-known family Klamroth and moved to the cloister of Gröningen Priory. Both had four children. The Klamroths were partakers of the local sugar factory, that products were also exported to London. Until 1946, she was living in wealthy settings when all landowners were expelled from the Soviet occupation zone. Within two hours Klamroth and her family had to leave the house and yard. Her husband already died at the end of 1945 when Flight and expulsion of Germans started. Klamroth was also a relative in-law of Hans Georg Klamroth, who was involved in the July 20 Plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. In 1955 Klamroth moved to Ludwigshafen where she lived until her death. In 1972 she moved to her son-in-law’s house.

She was always interested in politics and took also part on German federal election in 2013. Next to Elsa Peck she was one of the oldest German persons to having ever voted as media reported. On her 111th birthday Charlotte Klamroth claimed about being the oldest inhabitant of Rhineland-Palatinate: "I would like to give up on this fame, it has become arduous". Klamroth traced her longevity to a happy childhood and loving parents. Her relatives complement this by Klamroth's attitude to have been always moderate and contented. At the time of her 110th birthday, her daughter was already deceased. In February 2015, 3 of her 4 children were alive and she had 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

On 16 May 2015 Klamroth passed away at age 111 years, 271 days. Although being bedridden in her last weeks she stayed clear headed. Klamroth was preceded in death by 111 year-old Margarete Dannheimer of Bavaria.


Germany's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Margarethe Sauer • Katharina Braun • Leni Matthaei • Mathilde Schulz • Petronella Wansleban • Agnes Gerrath • Anna Fleinert • Bertha Brandes • Wilhelmine Heister • Gertrude Schmalohr • Maria Corba • Elfried Libbert • Paula Baumgartner • Gertrud Pannwitz • Ottilie Aleith • Karolina Kruger • Franziska Umrath • Pauline Spyra • Wilhelm Lehnen • Marie Stegmann • Wilhelm Schorner • Maria Laqua • Rosalia Hasenkampf • Magdalene Regener • Anna Stephan • Lina Zimmer • Hermann Dornemann • Frieda Muller • Irmgard von Stephani • Elsa Tauser • Frieda Borchert • Emma Joisten • Alwine Werner • Zhenya Broytman • Frieda Schmidt • Berta Zeisler • Charlotte Bauch • Karolina Grober • Elisabeth Schneider • Gertrud Henze • Frieda Szwillus • Johanna Klink • Charlotte Klamroth • Margarete Dannheimer • Else Ronsch • Herta Oeser • Gustav GernethMathilde MangeKatharina HagemeyerAdele RodensteinAnonymous of Berlin (1908)Josefine OllmannAnna Cernohorsky