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Charlotte Kretschmann, Germany’s Longevity Record Holder, Validated at 114

Shortly before her 113th birthday. (Source: Die Zieglersche / Photo credit: Carsten Riedl) Shortly before her 113th birthday. (Source: Die Zieglersche / Photo credit: Carsten Riedl)

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that as of December 22, 2023, the age of Mrs. Charlotte Kretschmann, who currently holds the record as the oldest person ever to have lived in Germany, has been officially validated.

Kretschmann was born in Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (then part of the German Empire), on December 3, 1909. During her time in Poland, she married Werner Kretschmann, and together they had a daughter. When the Second World War erupted, her husband was deployed to France as a soldier, while she fled westward with their daughter. After the war, the couple was happily reunited. Mrs. Kretschmann outlived both her husband and daughter and currently resides in a nursing home in Kirchheim unter Teck, where she is regularly visited by her grandsons.

On August 8, 2023, she surpassed Josefine Ollmann’s final age, becoming Germany’s oldest woman ever. Then, on December 10, 2023, at the age of 114 years and 7 days, she surpassed the final age of an unvalidated claimant, Gustav Gerneth, securing her position as the undisputed oldest person to have ever lived in Germany.

Mrs. Kretschmann’s age has been validated through collaboration between LongeviQuest and the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO). We wish to convey our gratitude to the researchers and extend congratulations to her and her family for this recognition.

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