World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 114

  • World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 114

World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 114

Born Sept. 15, 1903, near Zarnow, Poland, in what was then a part of the Russian Empire, he worked in a candy factory between the wars, and became a skilled confectioner.

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.

The World Jewish Congress, an global federation of Jewish communities, honored his death on Twitter, writing: "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.

He died on Friday in the northern port city of Haifa aged 113 years and 330 days, Israeli reports said.

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, who was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the world's oldest man took his last breath in Israel on Friday at the age of 113.

Kristal, who resided in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, was born in on September 15, 1903, in the Polish village of Zarnow. Kristal's mother and father were killed during World War I, and his wife and children were killed during the Holocaust.

"I don't know the secret for long life", he told the Guinness World Record.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive", he said at the time. "All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost". The world's oldest person is a woman, however: Jamaican Violet Brown is 117.