World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies in Israel aged 113


"Yisrael Kristal (...) died Friday, a month before his 114th birthday", said the israeli daily Haaretz, in its online edition.

When Kristal was told past year he was being bestowed with the world's oldest man title, he reportedly told Haaretz, "I couldn't care less".

There, he worked in the family's confectionery factory, got married and had two children.

And now he has a document registering him as a resident of Lodz that was issued in 1918, when he was 15 years old.He was born September 15, 1903 in Poland.After Germany invaded Poland in World War II, Kristal, his wife and their two children were sent to the Lodz ghetto where both children perished.

Kristal is survived by many relatives.

. He weighed more than 37 pounds, according to Guinness, when the Allies liberated the camps.

Despite being an observant Jew, Kristal had never celebrated his bar mitzvah - a traditional Jewish ceremony marking the transition when one must begin taking responsibility for their actions, usually celebrated at age 13.

After the war, Kristal moved to Israel with his second wife, Batsheva, with whom he had a further two children.

He lived in Poland during the First World War up until the Nazi occupation of the country when he was taken to Auschwitz.

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, who previous year was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man, died in Israel on Friday, aged 113, local news media reports said. 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 then me who are no longer alive".