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Saturday, January 23, 2016

'Israeli Holocaust survivor may be the world’s oldest man at 112' - Guinness World Records.

Confectioner, 110, Inherits Title of World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor 

'Israeli Holocaust survivor may be the world’s oldest man at 112'  - Guinness World Records. (TOI).

Yisrael Kristal’s family say he was born in Poland on September 15, 1903, three months before the Wright brothers took the first airplane flight.

He lived in the country until the Nazi occupation during World War II, when he was eventually sent to the Auschwitz death camp.

Robert Young, senior consultant for gerontology at Guinness World Records, confirmed that if proven, he would become the oldest man currently on record.

To do so, however, Kristal would have to produce documents from the early years of his life. Currently, the family have said the oldest document they have is from his wedding aged 25.

“We have standard rules and it would be unfair on other people if we bent the rules,” Young told AFP, while expressing sympathy for Kristal’s circumstances.

The best hope for finding the missing proof may be in the town of Zarnov where he was born. The family later moved to Lodz, where Kristal worked in his family’s confectionary factory.  Read the full story here.  

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