World’s oldest man dies at the age of 113

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal passed away in Israel on Friday, reports claim

 File image of Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal  at his home in  Haifa, Israel. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

File image of Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal at his home in Haifa, Israel. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

 

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, who last 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.

Guinness said Kristal was born in Poland on September 15th, 1903, and survived the Auschwitz death camp, where his first wife, two children and other family members were killed by the Nazis. He married again after the war and moved to Israel in 1950.

Kristal was awarded a Guinness certificate as the world’s oldest man on March 11th, 2016, when he was 112-years-and-178-days-old.

He died on Friday in the northern port city of Haifa, Israeli reports said.

Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guinness. She died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Reuters