World's oldest man dies aged 113

21 2016 shows Yisrael Kristal sitting in his home in the Israeli city of Haifa

Despite being an observant Jew, Kristal had never celebrated his bar mitzvah - a traditional Jewish ceremony marking the transition when one must begin taking responsibility for their actions, usually celebrated at age 13.

The world's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor who was set to turn 114 next month, died Friday in Israel.

Krista was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah in 1916 but could not due to the battles of the First World War, which reached his hometown in Poland.

Mr Kristal was born in the village of Zarnow, about 90 miles (146km) south-west of Warsaw, in 1903. He later moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business.

In March, 2016, Guinness World Records named Kristal, then 112, the world's oldest living man.

He lived in Poland during the First World War up until the Nazi occupation of the country when he was taken to Auschwitz.

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He lost his wife and their two children in the Holocaust, but he survived. Kristal was deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was near-death and weighed about 82 pounds by the camp's liberation in 1945.

According to Tablet Mag, he thanked the Soviet soldiers who rescued him by making them candies.

"I don't know the secret for long life", he told the Guinness World Record.

Kristal, who worked as a candy manufacturer, is survived by two children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He married again after World War II and moved to Israel in 1950. Shula Kupershtuch says: "He always saw only light and good in everything".

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