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World's oldest man, an Israeli Holocaust survivor, dies at 113

World's oldest man, an Israeli Holocaust survivor, dies at 113”

Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor from Haifa who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, has died, a month before his 114th birthday. Yisrael Krista died when he was just one month shy of his 114th birthday.

Last year, Kristal made headlines after finally getting to celebrate the bar mitzvah he missed out on in 1916.

He lived in Poland during the First World War up until the Nazi occupation of the country when he was taken to Auschwitz.

When Kristal was born in the town of Zarnov, the Wright brothers' were preparing for the first powered and controlled aeroplane flight which occurred three months later. He later moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business. But then Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, marking the beginning of World War II and Kristal was moved to a ghetto in the city with his wife, Chaja Feige Frucht, and their two children.

Mr Kristal's wife was murdered in Auschwitz but he survived, performing slave labour in that and other camps. He survived largely thanks to his craft of making candies, which the Germans loved.

The sole survivor from his family, Mr Kristal emigrated to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son, where he continued to run his confectionery business until his retirement. Krista is survived by his son, daughter, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

"I don't know the secret for long life".

Kristal, a resident of the coastal city of Haifa, was given a certificate by Guinness World Records previous year, acknowledging his status as the oldest known man living.



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