Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2012        Go!    
 
 
October 22, Sunday 2017 1:46 PM       

       HEADLINES: Sangh Parivar will divide India using Taj Mahal as weapon: Thomas Isaac                                              Youth held for molestation bid in Kozhikode                                              Bofors: CBI seeks govt’s nod to reopen case                                              Maharashtra: 10 killed as truck overturns in Sangli                                              MSRTC calls off five-day strike                                              Kamal Hassan shows support to ‘Mersal’                                              Melania Trump donates inaugural dress to national museum                                              Japan votes: Incumbent PM Abe appears headed to victory                                              Spain likely to seize powers from Catalonia                                              Third gold for Anumol                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       WORLD Next Article: Satellite images show N Korea testing submarine missile  
       World's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, dies at 113
 
         Posted on :10:56:42 Aug 13, 2017
   
A A
       Last edited on:10:56:42 Aug 13, 2017
         Tags: World's oldest man, a Holocaust survivor, di
 

JERUSALEM: Israel Kristal, the world's oldest man who lived through both World Wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp has passed away just a month short of his 114th birthday, his family has said.

Oren Kristal, a grandson, said he died Friday. "He managed to accomplish a lot. Every year he lived was like a few years for somebody else," Oren told The Associated Press yesterday.

Last year Guinness World Records awarded Kristal a certificate as the world's oldest man at his home in Haifa, Israel.

Kristal was born to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland in 1903.

"When he was a child during World War I in Poland he was a helper for a booze smuggler, he used to run barefoot in the snow through the night many kilometers with a heavy package on his back at about 12 years old, smuggling alcohol between the lines of the war," Oren, his grandson said.

"He used to walk very fast until he was very old, faster than me, and he used to tell me that when he was my age if you didn't walk fast enough your feet would stick to the frozen ground," Oren recalled his grandfather telling him.

Kristal was orphaned shortly after World War I and moved to Lodz to work in the family confectionery business in 1920.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland Kristal was confined to the ghetto there and later sent to Auschwitz and other concentration camps. His first wife and two children were killed in the Holocaust.

Six million Jews were systematically murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators during WWII.

"He used to tell us whenever we were mourning someone that we should consider that they are being buried in the land of Israel, most of the people he knew did not get to be buried in a grave when they died," Oren said.

Kristal survived World War II weighing only 37 kilograms (about 81 pounds) the only survivor of his large family.

He later married another Holocaust survivor and moved with her to Israel in 1950 where he built a new family and a successful confectionary business.

"He was a very hard working man, a lot of energy always running from one place to another doing something," Oren, his grandson said.

He said his grandfather participated in one of his great-grandsons bar mitzvah just a few weeks ago.

An observant Jew, Kristal himself only celebrated his bar mitzvah last year, a hundred years later than usual.

He missed his bar mitzvah the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony celebrated when a boy turns 13 because of World War I.

Oren said his grandfather gave no explanation to the secret for his incredible longevity. He is survived by two children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, media reported.

A A
       WORLD
Next Article: Satellite images show N Korea testing submarine missile
 
 
WORLD HEADLINES
Spain likely to seize powers from Catalonia  
Japan votes: Incumbent PM Abe appears headed to victory  
Melania Trump donates inaugural dress to national museum  
Pak's Gwadar port attacked, 26 injured  
End distorted nativism, populist rhetoric: Bush to Trump  
Hafiz Saeed's house arrest extended by 30 days  
N Korea threatens US of 'unimaginable' nuclear strike  
Nepal worships ‘Cow’, ‘Goddess Laxmi’ on third day of Tihar  
Taliban attack army camp in Afghan, killing 41  
Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar indicted in Avenfield reference  
Big bundle of joy: Vietnam woman gives birth to 7 kg baby  
Dogs in Nepal get VIP treatment on second day of Tihar  
Xi assures neighbours to resolve disputes through dialogue  
Pak cleric arrested in Qandeel Baloch murder case  
Senior Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commander dead  
China to speed up construction of power project in PoK  
Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 47 in attacks on Afghan forces  
Panama Papers journo Caruana Galizia killed by Malta car bomb  
Nuclear war may break out at any time: N Korea  
Iraqi army launches operation in Kirkuk  
Chinese hegemony spreading across ASEAN  
Over 275 killed in Somalia bombing  
‘China-Pak Economic Corridor is a source of regional tensions’  
B'desh steps up security at India border over Rohingya fears  
Death toll rises to 189 in massive truck bomb blast in Mogadishu  
 
Should Kummanam apologise to Kerala as remarked by the CM?
yes
 
no
 
no opinion
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy