Guinness World Records has just confirmed that Mr Israel Kristal of Haifa, Israel, is now the world’s Oldest living man at the incredible age of 112 years and 178 days as of 11 March 2016.
Mr Kristal was born in Poland on 15 September, 1903.
This means that he has lived through both World Wars and survived Nazi war camp Auschwitz in the 1940s, before he moved to Israel.
He was awarded his official certificate at his home in Haifa, by Guinness World Records Head of Records Marco Frigatti.
Mr Kristal said: “I don’t know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better looking men then me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”
At the age of three Israel Kristal started to learn in a local Heder school and began to speak Hebrew.
At four he learnt Bible and at six, Mishna. At eleven, separated from his parents, he survived the First World War.
In 1920 he moved to Łódź in Poland to work in the family confectionary business.
Following the Nazi invasion of Poland and the occupation of Łódź, Kristal was moved into the Łódź ghetto with his family in 1939.
Four years later he was sent to Auschwitz. Kristal sadly lost his wife, Chaja Feige Frucht and their two children in the Holocaust.
Kristal himself survived and was eventually rescued from by the Allies in May 1945.
He now lives in Haifa, Israel with his second wife, surrounded by loving family.
The oldest living person is Susannah Mushatt Jones (USA, b. 6 July 1899), who is 115 years and 249 days, also making her the Oldest living woman (pictured below).
The Oldest person ever to have lived is also female, Jeanne Calment (France) who lived to 122 years and 164 days.