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Yisrael Kristal, the World's Oldest Man, Niftar at 113

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Yisrael Kristal, the World's Oldest Man, Niftar at 113

At his bar mitzvah celebration in September 2016, surrounded by his grandchildren and their families, he reflected on both his personal longevity and the tragedy of the Holocaust, "Here's one person, and look how many people he brought to life".

Kristal, whose petirah was reported by Haaretz, achieved a double measure of fame past year: the Guiness Book of World Records certified Kristal as the world's oldest living man, and in October 2016, he celebrated his bar mitzvah, with a one-century delay.

Kristal's death on Friday came a year after he was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man.

Krista was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah in 1916 but could not due to the battles of the First World War, which reached his hometown in Poland.

Kristal was born to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland.

Kristal, a resident of the coastal city of Haifa, was given a certificate by Guinness World Records past year, acknowledging his status as the oldest known man living. He had moved with his family in the ghetto of the city.

After growing up in Poland, Kristal worked in the family confectionary business until Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939.

In 1950 they emigrated to Israel and settled in Haifa, where he continued to work in the candy-making industry. Krista is survived by his son, daughter, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

After World War II he met and married his second wife, Batsheva, who was also a Holocaust survivor. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".

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