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

112 years, 308 days

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Gustav Gerneth (born 15 October 1905) is an unvalidated German supercentenarian who, at the age of 112 years, 308 days, has been Germany's oldest living person since the passing of Herta Oeser on 13 March 2016. If validated, he would also be the oldest German man ever, having surpassed validated record holder Hermann Dornemann on 21 July 2017. He 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.


Gerneth was born on 15 October 1905 in Stettin, which is in what was then Germany, but is now Poland, where he was trained as machinist and started his career by seafaring in 1924. On New Year's Eve 1930, he met his future wife Charlotte, who died in 1988. The couple raised three sons and Gerneth retired in 1965. 

At the time of his 110th birthday, he was the seventh man from Germany to become a supercentenarian. He outlived all of 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 organised this but Gerneth is still able to take care of himself, for example cooking and tidying up. In 2015, when he became a supercentenarian, he was reported to still live on his own in Havelberg, inhabiting the same apartment for more than 40 years.

On 15 October 2017, Gustav Gerneth celebrated his 112th birthday, being the first German man ever to do so.


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