Holocaust Survivor 'Yisrael Kristal' World's Oldest Man Dead At Age of 113

Yisrael Kristal receives his certificate last year for being the world's oldest man.                     Image Twitter  GWR

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

Kristal remarried after the war.

The Holocaust survivor then moved to Israel where he started a new life for himself.

Kristal's more-than-a-century of life were marked by tragedy. "He used to run barefoot through the night for many kilometres with a heavy package on his back, aged about 12 years old, smuggling alcohol between the lines of the war", Oren Kristal said.

Yisrael Kristal, 113, was certified previous year by Guinness World Records as the oldest man alive.

Kristal was the only survivor of his large family and weighed just 37kg after WWII.

While Kristal miraculously escaped death during the Holocaust, his first wife and two children were tragically killed and were among the six million Jews brutally murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators.

In 1903, Yisrael Kristal was born in Żarnów, Poland, and for the next 113 years, he'd live to see some of the world's greatest triumphs - as well as some of its greatest evils. He lived through both world wars and survived the Holocaust. After his passing, he leaves his two children, along with nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He missed his bar mitzvah - the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony celebrated when a boy turns 13 - because of the outbreak of the First World War. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why", he said.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive", he said at the time. The world's oldest person is a woman, however: Jamaican Violet Brown is 117.

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