World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor, dies

A picture taken on January 21, 2016, shows Yisrael Kristal sitting in his home in the Israeli city of Haifa. Photo: SHULA KOPERSHTOUK / AFP

JERUSALEM –  Holocaust survivor Israel 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 15 September 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.

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

He died on Friday in the northern port city of Haifa aged 113 years and 330 days, 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

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