Prukner at the age of 104
|Birth:||2 May 1915|
Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Austria-Hungary (present-day Croatia)
|Age:||107 years, 66 days|
Valdemar Prukner (born 2 May 1915) is a Croatian-German centenarian who is currently the oldest known living man born in Croatia. He is also currently the oldest known living violinist in Europe.
Valdemar Prukner was born in Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Austria-Hungary (present-day Croatia) on 2 May 1915 as the son of a Croatian father and an Italian mother. He grew up in Zagreb and started playing the violin at the age of 6. Prukner graduated from high school and attended the Music Academy in Zagreb.
He performed playing the violin in many countries and met many celebrities like Sophia Loren. During more than 20 years, Prukner performed regularly at the casino in Travemunde, he met his wife Hildegard. His wife died in the late 2010s.
After the death of his wife, he started dating Marianne Schalk (aged 89 in May 2021).
He became the oldest known living man born in Croatia, following the death of 109-year-old Josip Krsul on 5 March 2021.
Prukner currently lives in Travemunde, Lubeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, at the age of 107 years, 66 days. He is currently the oldest known living man in Schleswig-Holstein, and the fifth-oldest known living man in Germany, behind Hans Schornack, Otto Hubner, Karlheinz Stauber, and Walter Franz.
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