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

Yisrael Kristal

Last year Yisrael, an observant Jew, hit the headlines after deciding to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah a century late.

Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor from Haifa who was recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, has died, a month before his 114th birthday.

The world's oldest man - the only member of his immediate family to survive the Holocaust - has died at the age of 113. He hadn't celebrated it in 1916 because of World War I breaking out, the BBC reported.

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

However, when war in Europe broke out again and Poland became occupied by Nazi forces, Lodz's Jewish quarter subsequently became a ghetto and Kristal was deported to the infamous death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. He later moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business. Kristal's mother and father were killed during World War I, and his wife and children were killed during the Holocaust. He weighed more than 37 pounds, according to Guinness, when the Allies liberated the camps.

Israel Kristal was certified past year by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man.

According to Tablet Mag, he thanked the Soviet soldiers who rescued him by making them candies.

He told Guinness there's no secret to living a long life.

He remarried and has been survived by two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, reports news site Ynet. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".

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