Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 113

Yisrael Kristal Yisrael Kristal. Yaron Kaminsky
Sammy Stanley | 12 August, 2017, 04:45

Last year, when he turned 113, about 100 family members celebrated his bar mitzvah, a century after he missed it due to the upheavals of World War I. As observant Jews, Kristal's family observed the religious Shabbat tradition, which entails engaging in restful activities in honor of a day of rest on Friday evenings.

According to the news site Ynet, Mr. Kristal leaves two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Israeli citizen Yisrael Kristal, who was recognized as the world's oldest man, died in Israel's Haifa on Friday, the Haaretz daily said.

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

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Mr Kristal was unable to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in 1916 because his mother had died three months earlier and his father was a soldier in the Russian army at the time of World War I.

The World Jewish Congress noted his passing in a brief Twitter statement.

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Kristal's awesome life began in what is modern-day Poland on 15 September 1903 and saw him survive the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Kristal claimed his title as the oldest living man at the age of 112 years and 178 days last year, and was given a certificate at his home.

"I don't know the secret for long life".

Only survivor of his family, Mr. Kristal had emigrated to Haifa, in northern Israel, with his second wife and their son in 1950. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why".

And now he has a document registering him as a resident of Lodz that was issued in 1918, when he was 15 years old.He was born September 15, 1903 in Poland.After Germany invaded Poland in World War II, Kristal, his wife and their two children were sent to the Lodz ghetto where both children perished.

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