World’s Oldest Man, A Holocaust Survivor, Dies At 113

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Israel Kristal, the world’s oldest man who lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family said Saturday.

Oren Kristal, a grandson, said he died Friday. “He managed to accomplish a lot. Every year he lived was like a few years for somebody else,” Oren told The Associated Press.

Last year Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world’s oldest man at his home in Haifa, Israel.


In this photo supplied by the Guinness World Records, Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness World Records, left, presents Israel Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man, in Haifa, Israel, Friday, March 11, 2016. Kristal’s family said he died Friday, a month short of his 114th birthday. (Dvir Rosen / AP / Chicago Tribune)

Kristal was born to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland in 1903.


CNN

“When he was a child during World War I in Poland he was a helper for a booze smuggler, he used to run barefoot in the snow through the night many kilometers with a heavy package on his back at about 12 years old, smuggling alcohol between the lines of the war,” Oren, his grandson said.

“He used to walk very fast until he was very old, faster than me, and he used to tell me that when he was my age if you didn’t walk fast enough your feet would stick to the frozen ground,” Oren recalled his grandfather telling him.


World’s Oldest Man, A Holocaust Survivor, Dies At 113 (abc.net.au)

Kristal was orphaned shortly after World War I and moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business in 1920.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland Kristal was confined to the ghetto there and later sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust. Six million Jews were systematically murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators during WWII.


Yisrael Kristal in Poland in 1931, aged 28. (abc.net.au)

“He used to tell us whenever we were mourning someone that we should consider that they are being buried in the land of Israel, most of the people he knew did not get to be buried in a grave when they died,” Oren said.


NBC Bay Area

Kristal survived World War II weighing only 37 kilograms (about 81 pounds) — the only survivor of his large family.

The Inquisitr


JTA

Oren said his grandfather gave no explanation to the secret for his incredible longevity.

He is survived by two children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, media reported.

Yisrael surrounded by his family (abc.net.au)

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