Gustav Gerneth
Gustav Gerneth
Gustav Gerneth at age 109
Birth: 15 October 1905
Stettin, Prussia (Pomerania) (now Szczecin, Poland)

113 years, 59 days

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Gustav Gerneth (born 15 October 1905) is an unvalidated German supercentenarian who, at the age of

113 years, 59 days, is thought to be Germany's oldest living person since the passing of Herta Oeser on 13 March 2016. If validated, he would be the oldest person ever to be born and die or living in Germany (however, this title is still hold by verified Maria Laqua). Mr. Gerneth would also be the oldest living man in Europe, the second-oldest man in the world, and possibly be the oldest World War II veteran in the world.


Gustav Gerneth was born on 15 October 1905 in Stettin (Pomerania), Prussia what was then German but is Poland today. There he was trained as machinist and started his career by seafaring in 1924. In 1930 he married his wife Charlotte Grubert, the daughter of his employer who owned a ship anchored in Havelberg. The couple raised three sons in Stettin, again. Mr. Gerneth serviced in World War II and was captured by Russian corps until 1947. Later the family moved to Havelberg and Gerneth worked in the local gas plant until his retirement in 1972. His wife died in 1988.

At the time of his 110th birthday, Gustav Gerneth was the seventh German man to become a supercentenarian. He was reported to have outlived his sons, being in their 80s, by the age of 109. Until the age of 107, he purchased everything on his own. Later, his family started taking care of him but Gerneth is still able to take care of himself, being interested in todays politics and sports.

On 15 October 2017, Gustav Gerneth celebrated his 112th birthday, being the first German man ever to do so. He was also the first human ever to turn 113 in Germany. Being asked for his secret of longevity Gerneth trusts in good meals (always butter, never margerine), no alcohol or cigarettes but also no active sports.

At age 113, he was reported living still on his own in Havelberg, inhabiting the same apartment for more than 45 years. His granddaughter takes care of him.


Germany's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Corba • Elfried Libbert • Paula Baumgartner • Gertrud Pannwitz • Ottilie Aleith • Karolina Kruger • Franziska Umrath • Pauline Spyra • Wilhelm Lehnen • Marie Stegmann • Wilhelm Schorner • Maria Laqua • Rosalia Hasenkampf • Magdalene Regener • Anna Stephan • Lina Zimmer • Hermann Dornemann • Frieda Muller • Irmgard von Stephani • Elsa Tauser • Frieda Borchert • Emma Joisten • Alwine Werner • Zhenya Broytman • Frieda Schmidt • Berta Zeisler • Charlotte Bauch • Karolina Grober • Elisabeth Schneider • Gertrud Henze • Frieda Szwillus • Johanna Klink • Charlotte Klamroth • Margarete Dannheimer • Else Ronsch • Herta Oeser • Gustav Gerneth