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Charlotte Kretschmann
Charlotte Kretschmann
Kretschmann (aged 113) in January 2023
Birth: 3 December 1909
Breslau, Silesia, Germany (now Wroclaw, Lower Silesia, Poland)
Age: 114 years, 222 days
Country: GermanyGER
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Charlotte Kretschmann (born 3 December 1909) is a German supercentenarian who holds the record as the oldest person ever to have been born and reside in Germany whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is the last known surviving person in Germany who was born in the 1900s decade.

Biography[]

Charlotte Kretschmann was born in Breslau, Silesia, Germany (now Wroclaw, Lower Silesia Voivodeship, Poland) on 3 December 1909. She celebrated her 110th birthday in December 2019.

Kretschmann was married to her husband Werner and had one daughter who was born in 1937. In 1944, her daughter and she were forced to flee Breslau and moved to Stuttgart, where she was reunited with her husband (who had been fighting in France) after the war. At the age of 109, her daughter was still alive, as well as two grandsons, Dominic and Peter. Her daughter Sigried died in 2019.

In March 2021, at the age of 111, Kretschmann voted in the Baden-Wurttemberg state election.

On 12 January 2023, following the death of 112-year-old Babette Endres, Kretschmann became the last person in Germany born before 1911.

On 19 June 2023, the Gerontology Research Group announced on the World Supercentenarian Forum that Kretschmann had been given the pending status. Her age was later validated on 23 August 2023.

On 8 August 2023, Kretschmann surpassed the final age of Josefine Ollmann, becoming the oldest person ever to have been born and resided in Germany.

On 3 December 2023, Kretschmann celebrated her 114th birthday, making her the first validated German supercentenarian in history to reach that age.

On 1 February 2024, following the death of 114-year-old Pearl Berg, Kretschmann entered the top 10 oldest validated living people in the world.

On 22 Febuary 2024, following the death of 116-year old Edie Ceccarelli, Kretschmann became the ninth oldest living person in the wold.

On 2 April 2024, following the death of 114-year old Juan Vicente Perez Mora, Kretschmann became the eight oldest living person in the world.

After surpassing Charlotte Benkner on 1 June 2024 she became the second oldest person ever born in Germany, after Augusta Holtz who died in the USA.

Kretschmann presently lives in Kirchheim unter Teck, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. She is currently the oldest known living person in Baden-Wuerttemberg, and the oldest known living person in Germany since the death of Anna Cernohorsky on 18 September 2022. She is also the third-oldest (validated) known living person in Europe behind Maria Branyas Morera and Ethel Caterham.

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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 RodensteinJosefine OllmannAnna CernohorskyCharlotte Kretschmann

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