World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal dies at age 113

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

AFP reports that, since he was an observant Jew, his family could not be reached on Friday evening, the onset of the Jewish sabbath.

Yisrael Kristal passed away in his hometown of Haifa, according to Guinness World Records. He is survived by two of those children, and many more grandkids and great-grandchildren.

The World Jewish Congress noted his passing in a brief Twitter statement.

Yisrael was born in Poland, near the town of Zarnow on 15 September, 1903 to parents Moszek-Dawid and Brucha Krystztal.

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

On the day he turned 113 in September, Kristal celebrated with a bar mitzvah.

Kristal's daughter told the New York Times her father had prayed every morning for the past 100 years. Kristal's mother and father were killed during World War I, and his wife and children were killed during the Holocaust.

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Kristal's incredible life began in what is modern-day Poland on 15 September 1903 and saw him survive the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Around 1.1 million people, majority European Jews, perished in the camp between 1940 and 1945 before it was liberated by Soviet forces.

Born in Poland, he lost his first wife and their two children to the Holocaust - after the children died in the Lodz ghetto and his wife was murdered at Auschwitz.

He then moved to Israel, where he opened a sweet shop.

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.

When Yisrael received his Guinness World Records certificate, he said: "I don't know the secret for long life".

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