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World's oldest man dies aged 113

World's oldest man dies aged 113

In September 2016, he had celebrated his Bar Mitzvah, one of the most important ceremonies in judaism, of which he had been deprived of a century earlier.

Kristal, who was recognized as the world's oldest man by the Guinness Book of World Records, did not get to celebrate his bar mitzvah at the age of 13 in his native Poland due to World War I. He received media attention from around the world when he made a decision to celebrate it a year ago when he turned 113.

The previous oldest-recorded man was Japanese Yasutaro Koide, who died in January aged 112 years and 312 days.

Kristal was born in Zhernov (Żarnów) Poland in 1903.

After growing up in Poland, Kristal worked in the family confectionary business until Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939.

His two children died in the ghetto and his first wife was murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers but Krista never gave up. Kristal was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was near-death and weighed about 82 pounds by the camp's liberation in 1945.

In 1950 they emigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, where he continued to work in the candy-making industry.

Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man, was niftar Friday in Eretz Yisrael at the age of 113.

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

According to Israeli news site Ynet, Kristal is survived by two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".


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