World's oldest man, who survived Auschwitz, dies at 113


Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man, was niftar Friday in Eretz Yisrael at the age of 113.

According to Israeli news site Ynet, Kristal is survived by two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Twitter users gave their condolences on Kristal's passing.

An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz during World War II, of whom at least 1.1 million died, including at least 960,000 Jews. Yisrael passed away today. "May his memory be a blessing".

When Kristal was born in the town of Zarnov, the Wright brothers' were preparing for the first powered and controlled aeroplane flight which occurred three months later.

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

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Last October, when he turned 113, Kristal celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Kosel.

Usually marked at 13 for boys and 12 or 13 for girls-a Bat Mitzvah in that case-it marks the transition into someone responsible for his or her actions.

Mr Kristal hit the headlines past year after deciding to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah a century late. His first wife, two children and other family members were killed at the camp by the Nazis.

Kristal, who was born in Poland, lost his parents shortly before and during World War I and went on to work in the family's candymaking business. Per Tablet magazine, when Soviet soldiers liberated him, where he was working as a forced laborer, he showed his gratitude by making them candies.

In 1950, he moved to Haifa with his second wife and their son, working again as a confectioner. There, he opened another sweet shop and continued to run the business up until his retirement.

Guinness World Records' website said that on receiving his certificate at his home in the northern Israeli city of Haifa previous year Kristal offered no explanation for his longevity. When asked at the time what his secret was to long life, Kristal said: "I don't know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why", he said.