Hans Schornack was a validated German supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 110. Schornack was the oldest living man in Germany for over two years, as well as in Europe for seven months. He also holds the record for the oldest person ever born on leap day.

Schornack was born in Essen, located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on 29 February 1912. He had a lifelong love for cars, becoming a mechanic and later running his own car dealership. After the war, Schornack sold tobacco along with his brother. Still driving at 95, he lived independently until 104, attributing his long life to moderation, positivity, good deeds, and strong connections. He received the COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021, and later recovered from a mild case of the virus, making him one of its oldest survivors.

Schornack on his 109th birthday (Source: GSE)

Schornack passed away on 22 February 2023, at the age of 110 years, 358 days. Upon his passing, he was succeeded by André Ludwig as Europe’s oldest living man, and by Karlheinz Stauber as Germany’s oldest living man.

On 24 June 2020, Schornack became the oldest living man in Germany at the age of 108 following the passing of 109-year-old Heinrich Homann. He became the oldest living man in Europe on 15 July 2022 following the passing of 111-year-old Frenchman André Boite.

On 13 September 2022, at the age of 110 years, 196 days, he surpassed the final age of Mary Norris (1892–2002) and became the oldest person ever born on 29 February.

LongeviQuest congratulates Hans Schornack’s family on his posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Mr. Schornack’s Directory Profile here.