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JERUSALEM» Is­rael Kristal, the world’s old­est man who lived through both World Wars and sur­vived the Auschwitz con­cen­tra­tion camp has passed away just a month short of his 114th birth­day, his fam­ily said Sat­ur­day.

Oren Kristal, a grand­son, said he died Fri­day. “He man­aged to ac­com­plish a lot. Ev­ery year he lived was like a few years for some­body else,” Oren told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Last year Guin­ness World Records awarded Kristal a cer­tifi­cate as the world’s old­est man.

Kristal was born to an Ortho­dox Jewish fam­ily near the town of Zarnow in Poland.

“He used to walk very fast un­til he was very old, faster than me, and he used to tell me that when he was my age if you didn’t walk fast enough your feet would stick to the frozen ground,” Oren, his grand­son, re­called his grand­fa­ther telling him.

Kristal sur­vived World War II weigh­ing only about 81 pounds — the only sur­vivor of his large fam­ily. He later mar­ried an­other Holo­caust sur­vivor and moved with her to Is­rael in 1950.

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Is­rael Kristal, shown in 2016, sits in his home in the Is­raeli city of Haifa. The Holo­caust sur­vivor died at 113.

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