World's oldest man and Auschwitz survivor, Yisrael Kristal, dies aged 113

Yisrael Kristal

Born Sept. 15, 1903, near Zarnow, Poland, in what was then a part of the Russian Empire, he worked in a candy factory between the wars, and became a skilled confectioner.

He married another Holocaust survivor and moved to Israel in 1950, starting another successful confection business, the Times of Israel reported.

Mr Kristal was officially recognised as the world's oldest man by the Guinness Book of Records in March 2016.

The world's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor who was set to turn 114 next month, died Friday in Israel.

The world's oldest man, Israel Kristal, has died aged 113 in the northern port city of Haifa in Israel.

Kristal was born in Poland. He is survived by two of those children, and many more grandkids and great-grandchildren. Kristal's mother and father were killed during World War I, and his wife and children were killed during the Holocaust.

"My father is religious and has prayed every morning for 100 years, but he has never had his Bar Mitzvah", his daughter Shula Koperstoch told AFP last year.

When he received the the Guinness World Record certificate, Yisrael admitted he didn't know the "secret for long life" and instead believed everything was "determined from above".

For his 113th birthday a year ago, Kristal celebrated with an official bar mitzvah ceremony, which he had never received at the traditional age of thirteen.

The world's oldest person is 117-year-old Violet-Mosse Brown of Jamaica.

Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guinness.



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