OLDEST MAN DIES AT 113; SURVIVED AUSCHWITZ CAMP
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.
Israel Kristal, shown in 2016, sits in his home in the Israeli city of Haifa. The Holocaust survivor died at 113.