World’s oldest man and Holocaust survivor, Yisrael Kristal, dies at 113

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Yisrael Kristal dies

Genes? Providence? Hereditary? Healthy living? Well, whatever it was, this deserves a wow!


Israeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, certified last year by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man, died on Friday aged 113, Israeli media reported.

Since he was an observant Jew, his family could not be reached on Friday evening, the onset of the Jewish sabbath.

“Yisrael Kristal… died on Friday a month before his 114th birthday,” Haaretz daily reported in its online edition.

Yisrael Kristal dies

News site Ynet said he was survived by two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Kristal, originally from Zarnow in what is now Poland, was born on September 15, 1903 — three months before the Wright brothers’ first successful powered airplane flight.

Guinness World Records recognised him as the world’s oldest man in March 2016.

In September he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah after a century-long delay.

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.

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.

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