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Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

World's oldest man Yisrael Kristal dies aged 113

World's oldest man Yisrael Kristal dies aged 113

After surviving the war he moved to Israel where he lived for over six decades and remarried.

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

Kristal himself only celebrated his bar mitzvah last year, 100 years later than usual. Usually in Jewish faith, when Jewish boys become 13 years old, they become accountable for their actions and become a bar mitzvah.

The world's oldest man, who survived both the Holocaust and World War I and eventually moved to Israel, died this week in Haifa, one month before his 114th birthday.

The original celebration had not taken place because World War One broke out.

Kristal was born in Poland.

According to the news site Ynet, Mr. Kristal leaves two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He was deported to Auschwitz in 1940 and lost his first wife and two children in the Holocaust, according to the Haaretz newspaper.

When he received the the Guinness World Record certificate, Yisrael admitted he didn't know the "secret for long life" and instead believed everything was "determined from above". "All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost". His mother had already died when Kristal was only seven years old.

The world's oldest person is 117-year-old Violet-Mosse Brown of Jamaica.

Guinness said the record for the longest confirmed human lifespan was held by a French woman, Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

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