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Charlotte Kretschmann

Georg Fuerholzer
Validated By: Georg Fuerholzer On Date: Dec. 22nd 2023

Charlotte Kretschmann is a German supercentenarian who holds the record as the oldest person ever to have resided in Germany. Her age has been validated through collaboration between LongeviQuest and the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO).

Biography

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

Following the start of World War II, Kretschmann fled westward with their daughter, while her husband was sent to France as a soldier. The couple reunited with the assistance of the Red Cross after the war’s end; they settled in Stuttgart.

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

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Recognition

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

Upon the death of Maria Aulenbacher of South Carolina, USA on 8 February 2023, Kretschmann became the oldest living German person in the world.

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

On 10 December 2023, at the age of 114 years and 7 days, Kretschmann surpassed the final age of an unvalidated claimant, Gustav Gerneth, securing her position as the undisputed oldest person ever to have lived in Germany.

Kretschmann’s age was verified by Georg Fürholzer and Dr. Andrew Holmes through collaboration between LongeviQuest and the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) and was validated by both organizations on 22 December 2023.

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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