Auschwitz survivor becomes world’s oldest man

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An Auschwitz death camp survivor has become the world’s oldest recorded man, the Guinness World Records organisation says.

Yisrael Kristal, was 112 years and 178 days old on 11 March.

The previous oldest-recorded man, Yasutaro Koide of Japan, died in January aged 112 years and 312 days.

Yisrael Kristal was born in Poland in 1903 and lived through two world wars before moving to Israel.

After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in 1939, Mr Kristal and his family were moved into the Lodz ghetto.

His two children died there and Mr Kristal and his wife Chaja Feige Frucht were sent to Auschwitz in 1944.

When he was found by the Allies in May 1945, he weighed just 37kg.

The oldest person alive today is believed to be an American woman, Susannah Mushatt Jones, who is 115 years and 249 days.

The oldest person ever to have lived is thought to be Jeanne Calment from France, who died aged 122 years and 164 days.

5 Responses

  1. Oh my gosh! Well done him for keeping healthy and staying alive! I hope I last that long 🙂

  2. wait it said that the previous man to be longest to live was 112 and 312 days but this man is 112 and 178 days what means he is not the oldest man for a couple hundred days

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