World’s oldest man passes away: 113-year-old Holocaust survivor who lived in Haifa

The oldest man in the world passed away on Friday. Yisrael Krista died when he was just one month shy of his 114th birthday. Last year, he celebrated his bar mitzvah, a century late.
Krista Photo Credit: The Guinness Book of World Records/Channel 2 News

Yisrael Krista, who was born in 1903 and supposed to celebrate his 114th birthday next month, passed away on Friday in Haifa. Krista is survived by his son, daughter, nine grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

About a year ago, Krista was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest man in the world. In 2016, when he turned 113, Krista decided to mark a special event- his bar mitzvah- a century late.

Krista was supposed to celebrate his bar mitzvah in 1916 but could not due to the battles of the First World War, which reached his hometown in Poland. Two decades later, when he was managing a sweets shop with his family in Łódź, the Nazis raided the city and took him and his family to a nearby ghetto.

His two children died in the ghetto and his first wife was murdered in the Auschwitz gas chambers but Krista never gave up. He survived largely thanks to his craft of making sweets, which the Germans loved. He then remarried and immigrated to Israel, settling in Haifa.

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