Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

World's oldest man, who survived Auschwitz, dies at 113

World's oldest man, who survived Auschwitz, dies at 113

Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor from Haifa who was recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, has died, a month before his 114th birthday. "He used to run barefoot through the night for many kilometres with a heavy package on his back, aged about 12 years old, smuggling alcohol between the lines of the war", Oren Kristal said.

Krista was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah in 1916 but could not due to the battles of the First World War, which reached his hometown in Poland.

According to Guinness, Kristal was born in Poland on September 15, 1903.

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

Following the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, he and his family were forcibly moved into the Lodz Ghetto, where his children died.

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The death of man the world's oldest at the age of 113 years

Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness World Records, presents Yisrael Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man past year.

Kristal, who worked as a candy manufacturer, is survived by two children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kristal survived the Second World War - the only member of his family to do so - but weighed less than six stone in 1945.

Oren Kristal said his grandfather gave no explanation as to the secret behind his incredible longevity.

He married another Holocaust survivor and moved to Israel in 1950, starting another successful confection business, the Times of Israel reported. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".

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