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

World's Oldest Man and Holocaust Survivor Dies Just Before 114th Birthday

Aug 12, 2017

(JERUSALEM) — Israeli media are reporting that the world's oldest man, Israel Kristal, who lived through both world wars and survived the Holocaust, has died a month short of his 114th birthday.

Ynet on Saturday quoted Kristal's daughter as saying her father died Friday. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything."

Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world's oldest man last year.

Kristal was born in Poland. During World War II he was sent to Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust.

Kristal survived the war — the only survivor of his large Jewish family.

He remarried and moved to Israel in 1950, where he built a family and a confectionary business.

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