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Thea Breckerbaum
Thea Breckerbaum
Birth: 6 October 1902
Provinz Posen, German Empire (now Greater Poland, Poland)
Death: 25 November 2012
Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Age: 110 years, 50 days
Country: PolandPOLGermanyGER

Thea Breckerbaum (née von Lossberg; 6 October 1902 - 25 November 2012) was a German supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by the Gerontology Research Group. At the time of her death, she was one of the oldest living people in Germany.


Thea Breckerbaum was born to a noble family von Lossberg [German: von Loßberg] in Provinz Posen, Germany (now Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland), on 6 October 1902.

Reportedly, when she was a young girl, Breckerbaum's teacher announced that World War I had broken out, causing the other pupils to tease her because her father, a military officer, would be first to the front. The little girl came home the same day to watch her father, “my whole love,” ride away on a horse. She never saw him again. Following the borders' change after the war, she moved to Kassel, Hesse, Germany, where she spent the rest of her life. She was married and had at least one child, a daughter Marie-Elisa (married Welp).

In her centenarian years, she was pictured in "Facing a century: 100 German portraits". In February 2011, she was reported to be the oldest living person in Kassel.

Breckerbaum died on 25 November 2012 in Kassel, Hesse, Germany, at the age of 110 years, 50 days.