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

111 years, 311 days

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Gustav Gerneth (born 15 October 1905) is a German supercentenarian who is, at the age of 111 years, 311 days, Germany's oldest living person since the passing of Herta Oeser on 13 March 2016 and Germany's oldest living man since the passing of 108-year-old Erich Walde on 5 August 2013. He is currently unverified. He is also the oldest German man ever, apparently surpassing the record of Hermann Dornemann (though not official yet). He is the oldest living World War II veteran in the world.


Gerneth was born on 15 October 1905 in Stettin in what was then German but is now Polish territory, where he was trained as machinist and started his career by seafaring in 1924. On New Years 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, at age 109. Until age 107 he purchased everything on his own. Later his family organized this but Gerneth is still able to take care of himself, for example cooking and tidying up. Becoming a supercentenarian, he was reported to still live on his own in Havelberg, inhabiting the same apartment for more than 40 years.

On 11 August 2017, after the passing of Israel Kristal, Gustav became the fourth-oldest man in the world, behind Toichi Sasaki, Masazo Nonaka, and Francisco Nunez Olivera.


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

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