Yisrael Kristal, The World’s Oldest Man, Dies At 113

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Yisrael Kristal, an Israeli-Polish holocaust survivor holding the record of oldest living man died Friday, according to Israeli media reports.

Kristal, a resident of the coastal city of Haifa, was given a certificate by Guinness World Records last year, acknowledging his status as the oldest known man living.He was born September 15, 1903 in Poland.


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Upon being confirmed as the world’s Oldest living man and receiving his Guinness World Records certificate, Mr. Kristal said: “I don’t know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”
At age 3, Kristal started to learn in a local cheder. At four, he learnt Chumash, and at six Mishna.At eleven, separated from his parents, he survived the First World War.

In 1920, he moved to Łódź in Poland to work in the family confectionary business.

Following the Nazi invasion of Poland and the occupation of Łódź, Kristal was moved into the Łódź ghetto with his family in 1939.

kristal 2Four years later, he was sent to Auschwitz. Kristal lost his wife, Chaja Feige Frucht, and their two children in the Holocaust.

Kristal himself survived, performing backbreaking slave labor in Auschwitz and other concentration camps. He was rescued from the brink of death by the Allies in May 1945 weighing only 37 kilos.

A sole survivor of a large family, he emigrated in 1950 to the city of Haifa with his second wife and their son.




  1. It was with much interest I read the story of Yisrael Kristal. He was an inspiration and a testament to God’s great power to bring good and happiness out of the depths of evil and sorrow. It is a Great God that Israel has and He will never abandon his people. God Bless Yisrael Kristal and the many healthy and prosperous generations that will continue to follow him.


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