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Elsa Tauser
Birth: 10 July 1896
Hamburg, Germany
Death: 6 October 2007
Hoisdorf, Germany
Age: 111 years, 88 days
Country: GermanyGER

Elsa Tauser (née Martens; 10 July 1896 – 6 October 2007) was a validated German supercentenarian and Germany's oldest living person for just one day.


Elsa Tauser was born in Hamburg, district Neustadt, as the youngest of 14 siblings. Her father was a jobless fitter and the children had to support the family income by polishing gold and silver, for example sets of cutlery from renowned hotels in downtown. Later Elsa Tauser became a saleswoman in a shop for luxury and haberdashery.

She married her first husband in 1916 and gave birth to her daughter Irma in 1923. Later they were divorced and Tauser married a second time a sailor, Konrad Tauser, in 1935. Their son Konrad was born in 1936. Her husband gave up on seafaring and became a caretaker. During World War II the family lost their apartments five times in consequence of bombing raids. Since the 1970s the couple was living Hamburg-Lurup. Elsa Tauser remained there after the death of her husband in 1989 until she moved into a nursing home in Hoisdorf, Schleswig-Holstein in November 2003 at age 107. Until the age of 105 she managed her everyday life on her own.[1][2]

Tauser became Germany's 2nd oldest living person on 29 October 2006, following the death of 110-year-old Perpetua von Mauntz, and Germany's oldest living person almost a year later, on 5 October 2007, with the death of 112-year-old Irmgard von Stephani. However, her title reign lasted only one day as she died on 6 October 2007 at the age of 111 years, 87 days.[3]


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 Ollmann