World's oldest man Yisrael Kristal dies aged 113

World´s oldest man dead in Israel at 113

In 1950, he moved to Haifa with his second wife and their son, working again as a confectioner.

During World War I, Kristal was separated from his parents, according to a post from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Last year Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate recognising him as the world's oldest man.

In March, 2016, Guinness World Records named Kristal, then 112, the world's oldest living man.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland Kristal was confined to the ghetto there and later sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps.

Yisrael Kristal, born to a Jewish family in 1903 in the village of Malenie, in what is now Poland, died in Israel on Friday.

He immigrated to Israel after the war, where he remarried and had several children.

Kristal, a Holocaust survivor, had his bar mitzvah when he was 113.


An observant Jew, Kristal himself only celebrated his bar mitzvah last year, a hundred years later than usual.

The 1916 original celebration had not taken place because of the First World War.

A devout Orthodox Jew, Kristal wrapped phylacteries - leather-wrapped cubes containing Torah scriptures and worn during prayer - daily for the last 100 years, the Times reported.

He told Guinness there's no secret to living a long life. "There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive". "Surrounded by numerous friends and family members, including many great-grandchildren, k" ah, Kristal made the brachah of Shehechiyanu and got an aliyah, as the hundreds in attendance threw sweets and broke into joyous singing and dancing.

Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guiness.

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