Holocaust Survivor Yisrael Kristal Was 113

World´s oldest man dead in Israel at 113

World´s oldest man dead in Israel at 113

Last year Yisrael, an observant Jew, hit the headlines after deciding to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah a century late.

Upon being recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man in March a year ago, Kristal was asked what the secret to his longevity was.

Kristal claimed his title as the oldest living man at the age of 112 years and 178 days last year, and was given a certificate at his home.

The 1916 original celebration had not taken place because of the First World War.

He was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland.

The son of a religious scholar, Mr Kristal lost his mother and father during World War One, according to reports.

Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness World Records, presents Yisrael Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man previous year. He had moved with his family in the ghetto of the city.

Kristal was working for his uncle's confectionary business when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, marking the beginning of World War II. Kristal was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was near-death and weighed about 82 pounds by the camp's liberation in 1945.

After surviving the war he moved to Israel where he lived for over six decades and remarried.

In 1950 they emigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, where he continued to work in the candy-making industry. Kristal is survived by two children, multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren, according to Guinness.

Oren Kristal said his grandfather gave no explanation as to the secret behind his incredible longevity. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".

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