Bernhard Prott
Birth: 16 September 1904
Archsum, Schleswig-Holstein, German Empire
Death: 16 July 2013
Archsum, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Age: 108 years, 303 days
Country: GER FlagGER

Bernhard Prott (16 September 1904 − 16 July 2013) was a German centenarian who was thought to be Germany's oldest living man at the time of his death.


Bernhard Prott was born in the village of Archsum on the island of Sylt in 1904. He recalls that the economy on the island was so bad, that instead of shoes, he had to wear wooden slippers. Prott first worked on the mainland as a farmer. In 1926, he was one of the 1500 workers who built the Hindenburgdamm that connected Sylt to the mainland. The causeway was inaugurated on 1 June 1927. Prott remembered shaking hands with President Paul von Hindenburg on the first ride on the causeway. Prott was the last surviving worker of the Hindenburgdamm, the railroad between the island of Sylt and the mainland.

Prott served in WWII. He was a soldier on the Russian front, and he was shot in battle. After the end of the war, he returned to his wife and they continued working on their farm, before retiring in 1969. Prott turned 100 in 2004, and became Germany's oldest living man upon the death of 110-year old Paul Veit. Prott died on the island of Sylt on 16 July 2013, aged 108 years, 303 days.


Germany’s Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Karl Glockner • Unknown • Josef Callenberg • Mathias Bollinger • Unknown • Johann Hartlieb • Adolf Lange • Karl Pfeiffer • Johann Wost • Friedrich Wedeking • August Schmidt • Wilhelm Deffner • Karl Bulow • Fritz Witt • Heinrich Oppermann • Ernst Schutt • Wenzel Novotny • Otto Trost • Peter Schmitt • Friedrich von Rauchhaupt • Wilhelm Gazioch • A. Hermann Lange • Ernst Laurenty • Gustav Rupnow • Robert Hubener • Wilhelm Lehnen • Jonathan Richter • Wilhelm Schorner • Lorenz Imminger • Georg Bredtschneider • Hermann Dornemann • Robert Meier • Wilhelm Remmert • Rudolf Christmann • Georg Thalhofer • Franz Kunstler • Georg Rosenkranz • Hermann Mayer-Kaupp • Erich Berger • Richard Hinz • Friedrich Volmer • Martin Dressel • Paul Veit • Bernhard Prott • Erich Walde • Gustav GernethHeinrich Homann

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