Israeli Holocaust Survivor, 112, Likely Oldest Man in the World

Yisrael Kristal

The Jerusalem Post reports: The oldest man in the world is most likely an Israeli Holocaust survivor aged 112.

A grandson of Yisrael Kristal was contacted this week by the Gerontology Research Group based in the US following the death of Yasutaro Koide in Japan, who was also 112.

According to the organization, Kristal is now the oldest living man on record although this still has to be validated by his documentation.

He has in his possession his marriage certificate from the 1920s but it is unclear as yet if this will suffice to formally register him as the oldest man in the world.

Kristal was born in 1903 in the town of Zarnov in the Lodz province of what is now Poland to a religious family. His father was a Torah scholar and Kristal himself went to heder, or religious primary school until the age of 11.

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