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Guinness: Israel Holocaust survivor, 112, is world’s oldest man

Yisrael Kristal, seen on Jan. 22 at in his home in the Israeli city of Haifa. Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli Holocaust survivor who lived through both world wars, is now the world's oldest living man, Guinness World Records says. / AFP / Getty Images

JERUSALEM — Guinness World Records says a 112-year-old Israeli who lived through World War I and World War II and survived the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz is the world’s oldest man.

Guinness awarded Yisrael Kristal — a candy maker from Lodz, Poland — a certificate noting the distinction Friday at his home in Haifa.

It quoted Kristal, who was born in 1903, as saying that he doesn’t “know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above, and we shall never know the reasons why.”

Kristal was born in Poland in 1903, the son of a Torah scholar.

He got married at 25 and, in 1944, was sent to Auschwitz, where his first wife and two children were killed.

He remarried in 1947, moved to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and son and “continued to grow both his family and his successful confectionary business,” according to Guinness.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, who lives in Alabama, is both the world’s oldest living person and the oldest living woman, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a U.S. organization that keeps records on what it calls super-centenarians — people older than 110.

Kristal became the world’s oldest man after the Jan. 19 death in Nagoya, Japan of Yasutaro Kodie, a tailor who died as a result of heart problems two months shy of what would have been his 113 birthday, on March 13.

Kristal’s daughter, Shula Kuperstoch, previously told the Jerusalem Post: “My father is someone who is always happy. He is optimistic, wise, and he values what he has. His attitude to life is everything in moderation. He eats and sleeps moderately and says that a person should always be in control of their own life and not have their life control them.”