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World's oldest holocaust survivor dies at 113 in Israel

World's oldest holocaust survivor dies at 113 in Israel

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".

THE world's oldest man, an Israeli Auschwitz survivor who lost his wife and two children in the Holocaust, passed away on Friday - a month before his 114th birthday. His mother had already died when Kristal was only seven years old.

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 in Poland.

Israel Kristal was orphaned shortly after the end of the First World War and moved to Lodz, Poland to work in his family's confectionary business.

Kristal was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest man past year, when he was 113.

Kristal, who worked as a candy manufacturer, is survived by two children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Kristal was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was near-death and weighed about 82 pounds by the camp's liberation in 1945.

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.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men than me who are no longer alive", he said at the time.

The world's oldest person is 117-year-old Violet-Mosse Brown of Jamaica.

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