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Jerusalem - World’s Oldest Man, A Holocaust Survivor In Israel, Dies At 113

Published on: August 11, 2017 12:30 PM
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Jerusalem - Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor from Haifa who was recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world, has died, a month before his 114th birthday.

Haaretz reported that Kristal died Friday.

Born on Sept. 15, 1903, in the town of Zarnow, Poland, Kristal moved to Lodz in 1920 to work in his family’s candy business. He continued operating the business after the Nazis forced the city’s Jews into a ghetto, where Kristal’s two children died. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz, where his wife, whom he had married at 25, was killed.

In 1950, he moved to Haifa with his second wife and their son, working again as a confectioner. In addition to his son and daughter, Kristal has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Guiness recognized him as the world’s oldest living man in 2016. When asked at the time what his secret was to long life, Kristal said: “I don’t know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than 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.”


Last year, when he turned 113, about 100 family members celebrated his bar mitzvah, a century after he missed it due to the upheavals of World War I.

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 Aug 11, 2017 at 01:02 PM Butterfly Says:



 Aug 11, 2017 at 01:24 PM Secular Says:

וַעֲבַדְתֶּם, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, וּבֵרַךְ אֶת-לַחְמְךָ, וְאֶת-מֵימֶיךָ; וַהֲסִרֹתִי מַחֲלָה, מִקִּרְבֶּךָ.

לֹא תִהְיֶה מְשַׁכֵּלָה וַעֲקָרָה, בְּאַרְצֶךָ; אֶת-מִסְפַּר יָמֶיךָ, אֲמַלֵּא

עוֹד, יְנוּבוּן בְּשֵׂיבָה; דְּשֵׁנִים וְרַעֲנַנִּים יִהְיוּ

הַקָּטֹן יִהְיֶה לָאֶלֶף, וְהַצָּעִיר לְגוֹי עָצוּם; אֲנִי יְהוָה, בְּעִתָּהּ אֲחִישֶׁנָּה

.....לֹא-יִהְיֶה מִשָּׁם עוֹד, עוּל יָמִים וְזָקֵן, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יְמַלֵּא, אֶת-יָמָיו: כִּי הַנַּעַר, בֶּן-מֵאָה שָׁנָה יָמוּת,

לְהַגִּיד, כִּי-יָשָׁר יְהוָה; צוּרִי, וְלֹא-עלתה (עַוְלָתָה) בּוֹ


 Aug 11, 2017 at 01:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow, what a good Yid. May he rest in peace.


 Aug 11, 2017 at 04:28 PM Applestein Says:

Nice story


 Aug 12, 2017 at 04:33 PM Israeli Says:

BDE. He kept his frumkeit after all he went through, even in Haifa which is not known as a frum city. May he have a lichtege Gan Eden.


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