World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, dies in Israel aged 113

World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, dies in Israel aged 113

World's oldest man, Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, dies in Israel aged 113

Updated 12 August 2017, 15:25 AEST

Former Auschwitz death camp prisoner Yisrael Kristal, who was last year recognised as the world's oldest living man, dies in Israel at the age of 113.

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, who last year was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man, died in Israel on Friday, aged 113, local news media reports said.

Guinness said Mr 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.

An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to Auschwitz during World War II, of whom at least 1.1 million died, including at least 960,000 Jews.

Mr Kristal married again after the war and moved to Israel in 1950.

Major events in 1903:

  • George Orwell, the English author who wrote Animal Farm and 1984, was born
  • The Wright brothers — Wilbur and Orville Wright from Dayton, Ohio — were successful in flying an aeroplane they built
  • The Wizard of Oz musical debuted on Broadway

Mr 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 on Friday in the northern port city of Haifa aged 113 years and 330 days, Israeli reports said.

Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guinness.

She died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Earlier this year, 117-year-old Violet Brown is believed to have become the world's oldest living person following the death of Italian woman Emma Morano.

Reuters