The validation of Erna Brosig, 112, Vice-Doyenne of Germany

The Gerontology Research Group is delighted to announce the validation of Mrs. Erna Brosig of Germany.

Erna Brosig’s story is a testament to resilience, adaptability, and the enduring spirit of life. She was born in Schlesien, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (now Lower Silesia Voivodeship, Poland) on January 15, 1911. She bore witness to the winds of change that swept through the 20th century.

World War II ushered her through a series of relocations – from Breslau to Dresden, then Bavaria, and finally settling in Munster for two decades alongside her husband until his passing in 1977.

Following this chapter, Erna found herself in Hannover, specifically in the vibrant residential complex of Ricklinger Bad. While life took her briefly to an elderly home for five years, her heart led her back to the familiar surroundings she cherished.

Remarkably, at the age of 110, Erna Brosig received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on 14 January 2021, underscoring her resilience and commitment to embracing life’s challenges.

As of her 112th birthday, Erna Brosig lived in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Longevity Recognition

Erna Brosig became the oldest known living person in Lower Saxony, following the death of 110-year-old Magdalene Kolterjahn in 2021.

As the oldest known living person in Lower Saxony, Erna carries a legacy of strength, adaptability, and a zest for life. As of October 2023, she stood as the last (known) living person in Germany born in 1911, and the second-oldest living person in Germany behind 113-year old Charlotte Kretschmann of Kirchheim unter Teck, Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Let’s celebrate Erna’s remarkable journey, a living testament to the power of resilience and the beauty that a century of life can bring.

Longevity Titles

  • Oldest living person in Lower Saxony (2021-present)


Erna Brosig’s validation was very challenging due to the tragic and tangible even today World War II destruction. Nevertheless, her age was verified due to the excellent work by the GRG Correspondents for Germany, Messrs. Stefan Jamin, and Thomas Breining, with the invaluable support of Mrs. Brosig’s family, and validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) as of TBA date.

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