World's oldest man dies in Israel aged 113

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2017

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, who past year was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man, died in Israel on Friday, aged 113, local news media reports said. He is survived by two of those children, and many more grandkids and great-grandchildren.

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

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

Last October, when he turned 113, Kristal celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Kosel.

Born Sept. 15, 1903, near Zarnow, Poland, in what was then a part of the Russian Empire, he worked in a candy factory between the wars, and became a skilled confectioner. His original celebration was delayed owing to World War I, in which both his parents died.

Kristal eventually remarried and had two more children, and he and his family moved to Israel in 1950.

When Kristal was told past year he was being bestowed with the world's oldest man title, he reportedly told Haaretz, "I couldn't care less".

An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz during World War II, of whom at least 1.1 million died, including at least 960,000 Jews.

"My father is religious and has prayed every morning for 100 years, but he has never had his bar mitzvah", his daughter Shula Koperstoch told the AFP news agency last year. There, he opened another sweet shop and continued to run the business up until his retirement.

The world's oldest man, pictured here in a video taken in 2016, has died in Israel.

"I don't know the secret for long life". "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why".

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