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

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Kristal himself only celebrated his bar mitzvah last year, 100 years later than usual.

Israeli media are reporting that the world's oldest man, who lived through both world wars and survived the Holocaust, has died a month short of his 114th birthday. He died in Haifa aged 113 years, 330 days, Reuters reported.

Krista was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah in 1916 but could not due to the battles of the First World War, which reached his hometown in Poland.

During World War I, Kristal was separated from his parents, according to a post from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Israel Kristal was certified previous year by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man. He later moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business.

His two children died there and Mr Kristal and his wife Chaja Feige Frucht were sent to Auschwitz in 1944 after the ghetto was liquidated. When he was found by the Allies in May 1945 he weighed just 37 kg (5 stones 11 lbs). Kristal is survived by two children, multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren, according to Guinness.

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 ended Kristal married another Holocaust survivor and moved with her to Israel in 1950 where he built a new family and opened his own successful confectionary business. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".

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