World's Oldest Man, Yisrael Kristal z'l, Passes at 113

After surviving his imprisonment in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kristal went on to start a new life in Israel, where he set up a candy store and married for a second time, going on to have two more children with his new wife.

He then remarried and immigrated to Israel, settling in Haifa. "Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal was the oldest man in the world".

Last year Yisrael, an observant Jew, hit the headlines after deciding to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah a century late.

The previous oldest-recorded man was Japanese Yasutaro Koide, who died in January aged 112 years and 312 days.

Guinness World Records granted Kristal an authentication as the world's most established man a year ago.

Kristal's incredible life began in what is modern-day Poland on 15 September 1903 and saw him survive the Auschwitz concentration camp. Later on, he was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, as well as other Nazi-run camps.

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

He was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland. After his passing, he leaves his two children, along with nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

The 1916 original celebration had not taken place because of the First World War.

He told Guinness there's no secret to living a long life. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why", he said. "There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive".

The world's oldest person is 117-year-old Violet-Mosse Brown of Jamaica.

Vanessa Coleman

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