: Guinness World Records confirms Holocaust survivor as world's oldest living man
Society15:11 Mar. 15, 2016
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Guinness World Records confirms Holocaust survivor as world's oldest living man

Israel Kristal, aged 112, survived Auschwitz death camp

A one hundred and twelve-year-old Holocaust survivor is the world's oldest living man. Israel Kristal has been given that official title by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Haim Kristal, son of Israel Kristal: "My father is a very optimistic person. When he saw a glass with half water, he is very pleased with the half of water that is full. He never sees half who is empty, he never see."

Israel was born in Poland. He moved to Israel in 1950 after surviving the Auschwitz death camp.

Haim Kristal, son of Israel Kristal: "His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father was taken by the Russians as a hostage in 1940, in the beginning of the first World War. Then he remained without parents. He has to survive. I think this made him very strong inside, and it helped him after it to pass other things, other severe things."

According to the Guinness Book of World Records', the previous holder of the oldest man title, Yasutaro Koide, from Japan, died in January 2016 also aged 112.

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