The world’s oldest man, a Holocaust survivor who was set to turn 114 next month, died Friday in Israel.
Yisrael Kristal passed away in his hometown of Haifa, according to Guinness World Records.
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.
“I don’t know the secret for long life,” Kristal once said, according to Guinness. “I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why.
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“There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”
On the day he turned 113 in September, Kristal celebrated with a bar mitzvah. When he was 13 and growing up in Poland, World War I was wreaking havoc.
During World War II, Kristal was sent to Auschwitz, where he lost his wife and two children. After surviving the war, he weighed just 81 pounds.
He immigrated to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son, and continued his confectionary business.
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He was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland. Kristal is survived by two children, multiple grandchildren and great grandchildren, according to Guinness.
The world’s oldest person is 117-year-old Violet-Mosse Brown of Jamaica.
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