The Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, identified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man, died Friday at the age of 113, Israeli media reported.
“We are sure that he died with a quiet heart, knowing that he would be buried in the Land of Israel. Most people he knew were not fortunate enough to be buried, let alone in Israel,” said members of his family via Haaretz.
This Jew was born on September 15, 1903 in Zarnow, Poland, that was then under the Russian government; just three months before the Wright brothers made the first flight in the world with a motorized plane.
Kristal survived the First World War and lived in Lodz, until the Nazi invasion in 1939. Four years later he was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
He is survived by his two children, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
The Guinness World Records identified him as the oldest man in the world in March 2016.
Upon being recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man in March last year, Kristal was asked what the secret to his longevity was.
“I don’t know the secret for long life,” he told the Guinness World Record. “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 than me who are no longer alive.”