World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies at 113

Israel Kristal survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps

Israel Kristal survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps

Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man and a Holocaust survivor, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Israel, according to BBC News.

Kristal, who worked as a candy manufacturer, is survived by two children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He married Chaja Feige Frucht in 1928 and the couple had two children.

Kristal was working for his uncle's confectionary business when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, marking the beginning of World War II. Kristal's mother and father were killed during World War I, and his wife and children were killed during the Holocaust.

Kristal survived the Second World War - the only member of his family to do so - but weighed less than six stone in 1945.

Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor who was recognized as the oldest man in the world by the Guinness World Records, died of an unknown cause in northern Israel on Friday, local media reported.

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He and his wife were then sent to Auschwitz where she was murdered.Kristal remarried in 1947 and emigrated to Israel in 1950.

Mr Kristal, who lived in Haifa, Israel, hit the headlines previous year after deciding to celebrate his bar mitzvah a century late.

That changed last year, though, when he finally celebrated his bar mitzvah with his family, 100 years after the original date.

"I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why", Kristal said.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive", he said at the time.

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