Was she really 132? World's 'oldest ever person' Antisa Khvichava dies in remote Georgian villageSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 09:30
Was she really 132? World's 'oldest ever person' Antisa Khvichava dies in remote Georgian village
Tuesday 09 October 2012
Mrs Khvichava, who only spoke in the local language Mingrelian, would already have been 31 when the Titanic sunk in April 1912 and 37 during Russia’s October Revolution in 1917. She would have been 61 when the Soviet Union entered the Second World War in 1941 and 111 when the Soviet Union formally came to an end in 1991.
Her original birth certificate is said to have been lost during the years of revolutions and civil wars that ravaged Georgia following the fall of the USSR. But local officials, friends, neighbours and descendants have all back up the claim that she was 132 when she died.
Experts have some doubt over the claims however, as all the documents stating her age were created long after Mrs Khvichava's birth. Without documents dating from the 1880s, researchers said her real age is likely to remain a mystery.