Sunday, August 20, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

World's oldest man and Holocaust survivor dies at 113

Israel Kristal's wife and two children were killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz during World War II.

The world's oldest man who survived the Holocaust, Israel Kristal, has died in Israel, aged 113, according to local news reports.

Kristal's death on Friday came a year after he was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man.

Guinness said Kristal was born in Poland on September 15, 1903, and survived the Auschwitz death camp, where his first wife, two children, and other family members were killed by the Nazis.

He married again after World War II and moved to Israel in 1950.

Kristal was awarded a Guinness certificate as the world's oldest man on March 11, 2016, when he was 112 years and 178 days old.

He died in the northern port city of Haifa aged 113 years and 330 days, Israeli reports cited by the Reuters news agency said.

Kristol's death drew condolence messages from across the world.

On Twitter, the US Holocaust Museum wrote: "Yisrael Kristal's passing reminds us of the importance of learning from survivors while they are still with us," using a variant spelling of his name.

The Anne Frank Center said: "We mourn the passing of Shoah (Holocaust) survivor Yisrael Kristal, world's oldest man, at 113. May his memory be a blessing." 

Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guiness. She died in 1997 at the age of 122.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Lebanese army begins offensive against ISIL on border

Read More

Israel kills Palestinian teen after 'stabbing attempt'

Read More

Yousef al-Otaiba berates Saudi in leaked emails

Read More

Thousands flee ahead of Tal Afar ground invasion

Read More

UN demands more humanitarian access to Yemen

Read More

UN: Saudi coalition attacks kill many children in Yemen

Read More

Global_News

Aid groups applaud Maltese government, saying snub sends 'a clear message against the politics of hate and extremism'.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Sierra Leone mudslides

'Unite the Right' rally