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Yisrael Kristal, the World's Oldest Man, Niftar at 113

Yisrael Kristal, the World's Oldest Man, Niftar at 113”

At the Auschwitz death camp, his first wife, two children and other family members were killed by the Nazis.

He married again after World War II and moved to Israel in 1950.

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

Last year Yisrael, an observant Jew, hit the headlines after deciding to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah a century late. Usually in Jewish faith, when Jewish boys become 13 years old, they become accountable for their actions and become a bar mitzvah.

Local media reports he passed away on Friday.

Israeli Holocaust survivor which was known as the oldest man in the world certified previous year by Guinness world record, died on Friday at the age of 113. His original celebration was delayed owing to World War I, in which both his parents died.

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

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According to Guinness, Kristal was born in Poland on September 15, 1903.

His two children died in the ghetto and his first wife was murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers but Krista never gave up.

Kristal, who worked as a candy manufacturer, is survived by two children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"I don't know the secret for long life", Kristal once said, according to Guinness.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive", he said at the time.

The current holder of the title "oldest living person" is Violet Brown, a 117-year-old Jamaican woman, born in March of 1900.



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