World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 114

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

JERUSALEM | The Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, identified by the Guinness world records as the man with the world's oldest, died Friday at the age of 113 years, reported israeli media.

After World War I, Kristal moved to Lodz where he worked in the family confectionary factory, married and had two children.

The Holocaust survivor was recognized as the oldest man in the world after the death of Japanese supercentenarian Yasutaro Koide, who passed away on January 19, 2016, two months before his 113rd birthday.

Kristal, originally from Zarnow in what is now Poland, was born on September 15, 1903 - three months before the Wright brothers' first successful powered airplane flight.

He continued his studies learning the Bible at age four, and the Mishna at six.

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He lived in Poland during the First World War up until the Nazi occupation of the country when he was taken to Auschwitz. He weighed more than 37 pounds, according to Guinness, when the Allies liberated the camps. He had moved with his family in the ghetto of the city.

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

When Yisrael received his Guinness World Records certificate, he said: "I don't know the secret for long life". There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive.

Guinness World Records was assisted in the research and verification of Israel's world record by the Gerontology Research Group and Jewish Records Indexing - Poland.

Jamaican supercentenarian Violet Brown, born on March 10, 1900, is now the oldest verified living person in the world.

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