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'''Hermann Dörnemann''' (May 27, 1893 &ndash; March 2, 2005) of Germany was hailed in the press as the [[longevity|oldest living man]] in the world upon the death of almost 114-year-old American Fred H. Hale, Sr. on November 19, 2004.<ref name=Welt>{{de icon}} [http://www.welt.de/print-wams/article118453/Man_darf_im_Leben_alles_nur_nicht_gruebeln.html "Man darf im Leben alles, nur nicht grübeln"], by Heike Vowinkel, ''[[Die Welt]]'', [[21 November]] [[2004]]. Retrieved [[2007-11-13]].</ref> However, not until Hale's death did Dörnemann's family offer documentation to the ''Guinness Book of World Records'' or to a [[supercentenarian]] researcher, and at that point the claim of Puerto Rican [[Emiliano Mercado del Toro]] was put forward too with documentation that he was born in 1891, almost two years earlier, which was subsequently accepted as well.
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'''Hermann Dornemann''' (German: '''Dörnemann''') (27 May 1893 – 2 March 2005) was a German supercentenarian who was, at the time of his death, the oldest living person in Germany and the oldest validated German man ever. He was the oldest living person in Germany from the death of [[Lina Zimmer]] on 28 August 2004 until his own death six months later. His record as the oldest ever German man was surpassed by [[Gustav Gerneth]] in 2017, although Gerneth's age is not validated.
   
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==Biography==
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Hermann Dornemann was born, as youngest of eight siblings, in Essen, district Altessen, on 27 May 1893. His family’s house was connected to the power system when he was aged eight. He was trained to become an engineer. During the World War I, he was wounded by a shot in his upper arm. In 1922, he moved to Ratingen and later to Düsseldorf. He retired in 1959. Dornemann and his wife had two children. Following his wife’s death in 1984, he moved to live with his daughter.
   
In any case, Dörnemann was recognized by the German government as Germany's oldest person for half a year, following the passing of fellow 111-year-old [[Lina Zimmer]] on August 28, 2004, until his own death. He was also very likely the oldest living veteran of the First World War who fought for the Central Powers.
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Being 110 years old, Dornemann was alert but blind since five years. He expressed sadness upon not being able to see his great-grandchildren. He was aware of being one of Germanys oldest living people; however, he also mentioned it was a burden to become that old. He was convinced his family cared about him too well when he was asked about his attitude. Dornemann attributed his longevity to having a beer every day, but also avoiding sports and drinking the water of boiled potatoes, because of its vitamins.
   
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Hermann Dornemann was considered to be the world's oldest living man following the passing of 114 year-old Fred H. Hale on 21 November 2004, what was proven wrong with the validation of [[Emiliano Mercado del Toro]] of Puerto Rico, born in 1891.
   
Dörnemann credited his longevity to drinking "a beer a day".<ref name=DWWorld>[http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,1219106,00.html "Turning 111 on a Beer a Day"], ''[[Deutsche Welle]]'', [[2004-08-10]]. Retrieved [[2007-11-13]].</ref><ref name=Stern>{{de icon}}[http://www.stern.de/politik/panorama/?id=537285 "Ein Leben in drei Jahrhunderten"],Frank Christiansen/DPA, [[04 March]] [[2005]], ''[[Stern (magazine)|Stern]]''. Retrieved [[2007-11-13]].</ref>
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Dornemann died of pneumonia in a hospital on 2 March 2005, at the age of 111 years, 279 days. He was preceded in death by his son who died in 2003 and by his daughter Rita, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. He was succeeded as Germany's oldest resident by 110 year-old <!--[[Frieda Mueller|-->Frieda Müller<!--]]--> of Potsdam.
   
 
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before = [[Lina Zimmer]] |
 
 
title = Germany's Oldest Person |
 
 
years= [[August 28]], [[2004]] - [[March 3]], [[2005]] | after = [[Frieda Müller]]}}
 
 
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before = [[Georg Bredtschneider]] |
 
 
title = Germany's Oldest Man |
 
 
years= [[March 7]], [[2002]] - [[March 3]], [[2005]] | after = [[Robert Meier]]}}
 
 
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==See also==
 
 
 
* [[Longevity]]
 
 
* [[Supercentenarian]]
 
   
 
==References==
 
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* [http://www.welt.de/print-wams/article118453/Man-darf-im-Leben-alles-nur-nicht-gruebeln.html "Man darf im Leben alles, nur nicht grübeln"] Die Welt. 21 November 2004
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* [http://www.stern.de/panorama/gesellschaft/hermann-doernemann-ein-leben-in-drei-jahrhunderten-3555102.html Ein Leben in drei Jahrhunderten] stern. 4 March 2005
   
* [http://www.recordholders.org/en/list/oldest.html The Oldest Human Beings]
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Revision as of 02:37, November 29, 2017

Hermann Dornemann
Hermann Dörnemann
Birth: 27 May 1893
Essen, Prussia (Rhine Province), Germany
Death: 2 March 2005
Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age: 111 years, 279 days
Country: GER FlagGER
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Hermann Dornemann (German: Dörnemann) (27 May 1893 – 2 March 2005) was a German supercentenarian who was, at the time of his death, the oldest living person in Germany and the oldest validated German man ever. He was the oldest living person in Germany from the death of Lina Zimmer on 28 August 2004 until his own death six months later. His record as the oldest ever German man was surpassed by Gustav Gerneth in 2017, although Gerneth's age is not validated.

Biography

Hermann Dornemann was born, as youngest of eight siblings, in Essen, district Altessen, on 27 May 1893. His family’s house was connected to the power system when he was aged eight. He was trained to become an engineer. During the World War I, he was wounded by a shot in his upper arm. In 1922, he moved to Ratingen and later to Düsseldorf. He retired in 1959. Dornemann and his wife had two children. Following his wife’s death in 1984, he moved to live with his daughter.

Being 110 years old, Dornemann was alert but blind since five years. He expressed sadness upon not being able to see his great-grandchildren. He was aware of being one of Germanys oldest living people; however, he also mentioned it was a burden to become that old. He was convinced his family cared about him too well when he was asked about his attitude. Dornemann attributed his longevity to having a beer every day, but also avoiding sports and drinking the water of boiled potatoes, because of its vitamins.

Hermann Dornemann was considered to be the world's oldest living man following the passing of 114 year-old Fred H. Hale on 21 November 2004, what was proven wrong with the validation of Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico, born in 1891.

Dornemann died of pneumonia in a hospital on 2 March 2005, at the age of 111 years, 279 days. He was preceded in death by his son who died in 2003 and by his daughter Rita, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. He was succeeded as Germany's oldest resident by 110 year-old Frieda Müller of Potsdam.


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Germany's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Margarethe Sauer • Katharina Braun • Leni Matthaei • Mathilde Schulz • Petronella Wansleban • Agnes Gerrath • Anna Fleinert • Bertha Brandes • Wilhelmine Heister • Gertrude Schmalohr • 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 GernethMathilde MangeKatharina Hagemeyer

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