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Yisrael Kristal is Longest Living Man on Earth

epa05115390 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 January 2015 shows Holocaust survivor Israel (Yisrael) Krystal at his home in the city of Haifa, Israel. According to a report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz on 20 January 2016, Krystal could be the oldest living man, if he was able to prove his age of 112 years. The report says Krystal was contacted by the Gerontology Research Group, which collect data about supercentenarians and provide it to the Guinness World Record organisation. The news comes after the oldest living man until then, Japanese Yasutaro Koide, had died at the age of 112 on 19 January. EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, 112 years and 179 days old, has become the oldest man alive as of March 11th, 2016. Born in Poland to Jewish parents, this Israeli supercentenarian witnessed the outbreak of both world wars and survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. During WWII, Kristal worked as an expert confectionary maker and was imprisoned in the Lodz ghetto. He was later deported to Auschwitz in 1944, after the ghetto was liquidated.
The oldest person alive currently is American Susannah Mushatt Jones, who’s 116 years, 249 days old.

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