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Hermann Dörnemann (May 27, 1893 – March 2, 2005) of Germany was hailed in the press as the oldest living man in the world upon the death of 113-year-old American Fred Hale on November 19, 2004.[1] Not until Hale's death, however, did Dörnemann's family offer documentation to the Guinness 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. Dörnemann was born in Essen.

Dörnemann was recognized by the German government as Germany's oldest person for half a year, following the death of fellow 111-year-old Lina Zimmer on August 28, 2004, until his death in Düsseldorf. He was also very likely the oldest living veteran of World War I who fought for the Central Powers.

Dörnemann credited his longevity to drinking "a beer a day".[2][3]

Preceded by
Lina Zimmer
Germany's Oldest Person
August 28, 2004 – March 3, 2005
Succeeded by
Frieda Müller
Preceded by
Georg Bredtschneider (109)
Germany's Oldest Living Man
March 7, 2002 – March 3, 2005
Succeeded by
Robert Meier (109)

See also


  1. ^ (German) "Man darf im Leben alles, nur nicht grübeln", by Heike Vowinkel, Die Welt, 21 November 2004. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  2. ^ "Turning 111 on a Beer a Day", Deutsche Welle, 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  3. ^ (German)"Ein Leben in drei Jahrhunderten",Frank Christiansen/DPA, 4 March 2005, Stern. Retrieved 2007-11-13.

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