113-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived in Haifa

113-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived in Haifa

113-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived in Haifa

Kristal was unable to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in 1916 because his mother had died three months earlier and his father was a soldier in the Russian army at the time of World War I.

Polish-born Yisrael Kristal died on Friday, a month before he was due to turn 114, Israeli media reported.

For his 113th birthday previous year, Kristal celebrated with an official bar mitzvah ceremony, which he had never received at the traditional age of thirteen.

During World War I, Kristal was separated from his parents, according to a post from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Mr. Kristal had survived the First world War and lived in Lodz, Poland, newly independent, until the nazi invasion in 1939. He later moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business.

His two children died in the ghetto and his first wife was murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers but Krista never gave up.

Kristal was sent to various concentration camps including Auschwitz where he performed slave labor, and he only weighed about 81 pounds when he was found by the Allies.

According to Tablet Mag, he thanked the Soviet soldiers who rescued him by making them candies.

After the war, he moved to Israel with his second wife.

Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness World Records, presents Yisrael Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man previous year.

Oren Kristal said his grandfather gave no explanation as to the secret behind his incredible longevity. Krista is survived by his son, daughter, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

His daughter Shula Koperstoch said he had died on Friday afternoon after becoming ill on Thursday.

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