World Oldest man and Auschwitz survivor dies

20:44  11 august  2017
20:44  11 august  2017 Source:   BBC News

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A survivor of the Auschwitz death camp is now the world's oldest man , the Guinness World Records organisation says. Image caption The previous oldest man Yasutaro Koide died in January. His daughter, Shula Kuperstoch, said the Holocaust had not affected her father's beliefs.

Yisrael Kristal sitting in his home in the Israeli city of Haifa in 2016: Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man, has died at the age of 113© AFP Yisrael Kristal, the world's oldest man, has died at the age of 113

The world's oldest man - the only member of his immediate family to survive the Holocaust - has died at the age of 113.

Polish-born Yisrael Kristal died on Friday, a month before he was due to turn 114, Israeli media reported.

Mr Kristal, who lived in Haifa, Israel, hit the headlines last year after deciding to celebrate his bar mitzvah a century late.

The original celebration had not taken place because World War One broke out.

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Mr Kristal was born in the village of Zarnow, about 90 miles (146km) south-west of Warsaw, in 1903.

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Kristal, who will celebrate his 113th birthday in September, was recognized as the oldest man in the world after a Japanese man of the same age died in the beginning of the year. See all talkbacks " Auschwitz survivor is world's oldest man ".

The Guinness World Records has certified an Israeli Auschwitz survivor as the world’s oldest living man . He died in January at the age of 112 years and 312 days. When he received the certificate from Guinness, Mr. Kristal said he didn’t know what the secret to a long life was.

Marco Frigatti, of Guinness World Records, presenting Yisrael Kristal with his certificate of achievement for oldest living man, in the presence of the Kristal's daughter, her son and grandchildren.: Mr Kristal remarried after the Holocaust and had two children (pictured in 2016)© AFP Mr Kristal remarried after the Holocaust and had two children (pictured in 2016)

The son of a religious scholar, Mr Kristal lost his mother and father during World War One, according to reports. He later moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business.

After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in 1939, Mr Kristal and his family were moved into the Lodz ghetto.

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.

Mr Kristal's wife was murdered in Auschwitz but he survived, performing slave labour in that and other camps. When he was found by the Allies in May 1945 he weighed just 37 kg (5 stones 11 lbs).

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A 112-year- old who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp in World War II has become the world's oldest man . Mr Kristal takes the title of the world's oldest man from Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who died in January aged 112 years and 312 days.

A survivor of the Auschwitz death camp is now the world's oldest man , the Guinness World Records organisation says. Image caption The previous oldest man Yasutaro Koide died in January. His daughter, Shula Kuperstoch, said the Holocaust had not affected her father's beliefs.

The sole survivor from his family, Mr Kristal emigrated to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son, where he continued to run his confectionery business until his retirement.

Mr Kristal was officially recognised as the world's oldest man by the Guinness Book of Records in March 2016.

Speaking at the time, he admitted he did not know the secret to a long life, saying: "There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive."

He is survived by two children, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

His daughter Shula Koperstoch said he had died on Friday afternoon after becoming 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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