Rosa Rein

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Rosa Rein
Born 24 March 1897
Dzietkowitz (Dziećkowice), a suburb of Myslowitz, Upper Silesia, German Empire, now Poland
Died 14 February 2010
(aged 112 years, 327 days)
Paradiso, Switzerland
Occupation Retired
Known for Oldest verified person ever in Switzerland

Rosa Rein (née Karliner; 24 March 1897 – 14 February 2010) was a German-born Swiss supercentenarian and the oldest documented person who ever died in Switzerland.[1][2] At the time of her death she was the oldest known Jew in the world.[3][4]


Rein was born in Upper Silesia in Dzietkowitz, at the time part of the German Empire, but now in Poland. She grew up in a well to do family, with 5 brothers and sisters, on a farming estate with two dozen employees. She went to school in neighbouring Mysłowice, and eventually went to college, which was not common for women in that period. In 1935 she got married and ran a textile business with her husband. A German Jew, she fled the country with her husband after Kristallnacht, to Brazil. Her mother would later die in a Nazi concentration camp. Her husband died shortly after their arrival in Brasil.[5][6][7]

She remarried in 1949 and due to her husbands failing health they moved to Genoa in 1964 before settling in Paradiso, Switzerland. In 1973 Rein's second husband died. Both marriages were without children and her remaining family lived abroad. She lived on her own until 2001, when, after a fall,[6] she decided to move to a nursing home, where she lived until her death.[8] Apart from failing eyesight and hearing she was in good health until her death.[5]

Oldest person[edit]

Rein became the oldest person in Switzerland in September 2006, and the oldest Swiss ever in June 2008.[4] Following the death of Berta Rosenberg in January 2009, she became the oldest known Jew in the world. At the time of her death she was also the oldest person born in Germany.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Deaths for 2010, Gerontology Research Group. reviewed on 16 December 2015
  2. ^ (in German) Älteste Schweizerin mit 112 Jahren gestorben, St. Galler Tagblatt, 14 February 2010
  3. ^ World’s oldest Jew dies at 111; Santa Rosa Jewish woman turned 109 in August, Jweekly, 30 september 2010
  4. ^ a b Oldest Swiss dies at 112, Swissinfo, 15 February 2010
  5. ^ a b c Record-breaking Swiss hits 112, Swissinfo, 25 March 2009
  6. ^ a b (in German) Älteste Schweizerin feiert ihren 110. Geburtstag, Epoch Times, 19 March 2007
  7. ^ Buchen, S.; Maier, M.S. (2008). Älterwerden neu denken. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf den demografischen Wandel (in German). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. p. 13. ISBN 978-3531157726. 
  8. ^ "Älteste Schweizerin ist 109 Jahre alt". NZZ Online (in German). 24 March 2006.