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BIOGRAPHY

Kretschmann was born in Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (then German Empire), on 3 December 1909. As a young woman, she joined an athletics club. There, she met her future husband, Werner. The two got married, and had a daughter.

When the Second World War broke out, her husband was sent to France as a soldier, while Kretschmann fled westward with their daughter. Following the conclusion of the war, the couple reunited with the assistance of the Red Cross and established their life together in Stuttgart.

Kretschmann survived her only daughter. She continued living independently even as a centenarian but had to move into a nursing home in 2014 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. At the age of 113, she still enjoyed reading newspapers, liked sipping a glass of red wine with her meals, and had a fondness for chocolate. When asked about the secret of her longevity, she said, “It was the sports, the exercise even in winter,” and added, “But certainly also my happy childhood.”

RECOGNITION

On 18 September 2022, following the death of 113-year-old Anna Cernohorsky, she became the oldest living person in Germany.

On 8 February 2023, following the death of Maria Aulenbacher of South Carolina, USA, she became the oldest living German person in the world.

On 8 August 2023, she surpassed the final age of Josefine Ollmann, becoming the oldest woman who ever lived in Germany.

On 10 December 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.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Charlotte Kretschmann ist die älteste Frau Deutschlands – „Bewundernswerte Dame“” – Münchner Merkur, 5 December 2022

* “113-Jährige macht sich nicht viel aus Titel” – Zeit Online, 16 April 2023

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