Thea Breckerbaum

  • Full name: Thea Breckerbaum (nee von Loßberg)
  • Lifespan: (06.10.1902 – 25.11.2012)
  • Age: 110 years, 50 days
  • Birthplace: Provinz Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, Germany (now Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland)
  • Last residence: Kassel, Hesse, Germany
  • Application date: 29.01.2016
  • Validation date: 26.10.2016
  • Validation source: Stefan Jamin/Waclaw Jan Kroczek


Thea Breckerbaum was born to a noble family von Lossberg [German: von Loßberg] in Provinz Posen, Germany (now Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland) on 6 October 1902.

Reportedly, when she was a young girl, Breckerbaum’s teacher announced that World War I had broken out, causing the other pupils to tease her because her father, a military officer, would be first to the front. The little girl came home the same day to watch her father, “my whole love,” ride away on a horse. She never saw him again. Following the borders’ change after the war, she moved to Kassel, Hesse, Germany, where she spent the rest of her life. She was married and had at least one child, a daughter Marie-Elisa (married Welp).

In her centenarian years, she was pictured in “Facing a century: 100 German portraits”. In February 2011, she was reported to be the oldest living person in Kassel.

Thea Breckerbaum died on 25 November 2012 in Kassel, Hesse, Germany at the age of 110 years, 50 days.


The age of Thea Breckerbaum was meticulously examined and verified by Stefan Jamin (GRG Correspondent for Germany) and Waclaw Jan Kroczek (GRG Correspondent for Poland and Nordic Countries). The initial application was received on December 12, 2013. The validation was conducted by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) on April 22, 2016.

Thea Breckerbaum at age 108.

Thea Breckerbaum as a young woman.

Photo courtesy of Andreas Labes, and Stefan Jamin, GRG Correspondent for Germany.

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