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World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor, dies aged 113

World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor, dies aged 113

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

Yisrael Kristal, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and recognized a year ago by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man, died in Israel on Friday. "He used to run barefoot through the night for many kilometres with a heavy package on his back, aged about 12 years old, smuggling alcohol between the lines of the war", Oren Kristal said.

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

Kristal, who was born on September 15, 1903, was in the news previous year for another reason.

The son of a religious scholar, Mr Kristal lost his mother and father during World War One, according to reports.

Kristal survived the war _ the only survivor of his large Jewish family.

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In March, 2016, Guinness World Records named Kristal, then 112, the world's oldest living man. He had moved with his family in the ghetto of the city. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust.

Kristal was sent to various concentration camps including Auschwitz where he performed slave labor, and he only weighed about 81 pounds when he was found by the Allies.

In 1950 they emigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, where he continued to work in the candy-making industry.

He told Guinness there's no secret to living a long life. His daughter Shula Koperstoch confirmed his death after he became ill on Thursday.

"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", his daughter said, the BBC reported.


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