Just Shy of His 114th Birthday, The World's Oldest Man Dies

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.

After the war, he returned to Lodz where he remarried in 1947 and reestablished his candies factory.

On Twitter, the US Holocaust Museum wrote: "Yisrael Kristal's passing reminds us of the importance of learning from survivors while they are still with us", using a variant spelling of his name.

Last October, when he turned 113, Kristal celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Kosel.

Kristal claimed his title as the oldest living man at the age of 112 years and 178 days last year, and was given a certificate at his home.

Kristal, a resident of the coastal city of Haifa, was given a certificate by Guinness World Records past year, acknowledging his status as the oldest known man living.

During World War I, Kristal was separated from his parents, according to a post from the Guinness Book of World Records. He is survived by two of those children, and many more grandkids and great-grandchildren.

Born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Poland in 1903, his grandson said Kristal was just a child during WWI.

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

The World Jewish Congress, an worldwide federation of Jewish communities, honored his death on Twitter, writing: "Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal was the oldest man in the world".

The 1916 original celebration had not taken place because of the First World War. "There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then (sic) me who are no longer alive".

Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guinness.

Vanessa Coleman