Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

And Holocaust Survivor - Dies At 114

And Holocaust Survivor - Dies At 114

Kristal was unable to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in 1916 because his mother had died three months earlier and his father was a soldier in the Russian army at the time of World War I.

Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor who was recognized as the oldest man in the world by the Guinness World Records, died of an unknown cause in northern Israel on Friday, local media reported.

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. His original celebration was delayed owing to World War I, in which both his parents died.

Kristal was born in Poland. He had moved with his family in the ghetto of the city.

Mr. Kristal had survived the First world War and lived in Lodz, Poland, newly independent, until the nazi invasion in 1939. He weighed more than 37 pounds, according to Guinness, when the Allies liberated the camps.

New Oldest man Israel Kristal with Marco Frigatti Head of Records son Heim Kristal daughter Shula Kuperstoch and great grandkids
World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 114

According to Tablet Mag, he thanked the Soviet soldiers who rescued him by making them candies.

Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world's oldest man previous year.

He remarried and moved to Israel in 1950, where he built a family and a confectionary business. His daughter Shula Koperstoch confirmed his death after he became ill on Thursday.

She told Israeli news website Ynet [in Hebrew] she had had a "great father", adding: "Despite all that he went through, and he lost the whole family in the Holocaust, he had a lot of optimism, and he always saw only light and good in everything".

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