Gustav Gerneth

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Gustav Gerneth (born 15 October 1905) is, at age 113 years, 331 days, the oldest person in Germany and the oldest living man since 20 January 2019. He was born in 1905 in Stettin, which was then part of the German Empire and is now in Poland as Szczecin.

Gerneth worked in a shipping company and at a gas plant. He married his wife Charlotte (died in 1988) in 1930 and the couple had three sons. By October 2016, when he reached the age of 111, he was already became known as the oldest person living in Germany, and the death of Luzia Mohrs, who was born on 23 March 1904 in Germany and emigrated to Brazil[1] on 16 October 2017, meant that Gerneth became the oldest German person just one day after his 112th birthday.

Gerneth currently lives in Saxony-Anhalt in the same brick house with steep entrance stairs where he has lived for over 40 years.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "111 years of life and 87 years of Consecrated Religious Life -- Blog Archive -- Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame". snd1.org.
  2. "Gustav Gerneth aus Havelberg ist der älteste Deutsche".
  3. Schröder, Andrea. "Herr Gerneth steht mit 109 noch am Herd". www.volksstimme.de.


Preceded by
Masazō Nonaka
Oldest living man in the world
January 20, 2019 –
Succeeded by
Present