World's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, dies in Israel


Kristal lived in Haifa, Israel, and made headlines in 2016 for celebrating his bar mitzvah 100 years late.

A Holocaust survivor who was recognized as the world's oldest man has died in Israel at the age of 113.

For his 113th birthday previous year, Kristal celebrated with an official bar mitzvah ceremony, which he had never received at the traditional age of thirteen. His original celebration was delayed owing to World War I, in which both his parents died.

Kristal was born to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland.

According to the news site Ynet, Mr. Kristal leaves two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He had moved with his family in the ghetto of the city.

Yisrael Kristal, the World's Oldest Man, Niftar at 113
World's oldest man Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor, dies at 113 in Israel

Israel Kristal was certified previous year by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man. Kristal's mother and father were killed during World War I, and his wife and children were killed during the Holocaust.

After growing up in Poland, Kristal worked in the family confectionary business until Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Kristal, however, managed to survive, performing slave labor. After surviving the war, he weighed just 81 pounds.

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".

After the war, Kristal moved to Israel with his second wife, Batsheva, with whom he had a further two children. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".