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The world’s oldest man is a 112-year-old Auschwitz survivor

Guinness World Records

The new man to hold the title of “oldest man in the world” is Israel Kristal, a 112-year-old survivor of Auschwitz, Guinness World Records announced on Friday.

From the Guinness World Records website:

Born in Poland, near the town of Zarnow on 15 September, 1903 to parents Moszek-Dawid and Brucha Krystztal, Mr Kristal has lived through both World Wars and survived Nazi war camp Auschwitz in the 1940s before relocating to Israel.
Kristal claims the title at the age of 112 years and 178 days as of 11 March 2016, and was awarded his certificate at his home in Haifa, by Guinness World Records’ Head of Records Marco Frigatti.
The Associated Press recounted the terrible details of Kristal’s Holocaust experience:

During the Nazi occupation of Poland he was confined to the ghetto there and later sent to the Auschwitz and other concentration camps. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust.

Kristal survived World War II weighing only 37 kilograms (about 81 pounds) — the only survivor of his large family.

In a statement, Kristal said that he possessed no special secret for longevity.
“There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive,” he said. “All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”

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