JERUSALEM—Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal, who last year was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man, died in Israel on Friday, aged 113, local news media reports said.
Guinness said Kristal was born in Poland on Sept. 15, 1903, and survived the Auschwitz death camp, where his first wife, two children and other family members were killed by the Nazis. He married again after the war and moved to Israel in 1950.
Kristal was awarded a Guinness certificate as the world’s oldest man on March 11, 2016, when he was 112 years and 178 days old. He died on Friday in the northern port city of Haifa aged 113 years and 330 days, Israeli reports said.
In an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Kristal gave his view on the modern world:
“The world is worse than in the past,” he said. “I don’t like the permissiveness here. Everything’s allowed. At one time, young people weren’t as cheeky as they are now. They had to think about a profession and about making a living. They were carpenters, tailors. That doesn’t exist today. Now it’s all high-tech. Things come easily, without effort, without the manual labor of the past. When were children, our parents told us, “You’ll marry this one, not that one. Today, children decide everything. Once upon a time, parents had the last word.”
Jeanne Calment, a French woman, had the longest confirmed human lifespan, according to Guinness. She died in 1997 at the age of 122.
By Ori Lewis. With reporting by The Epoch Times.
Holocaust Survivor Meets WWII Veteran Who Saved Him in Tearful Reunion
By Sherley Boursiquot
A World War II veteran reunited with a Holocaust survivor he freed as a teenager from a Nazi death camp 71 years ago.
The emotional reunion was met with tears, hugs, and kisses.
90-year-old Marcel Levy, a Holocaust survivor, met the 94-year-old WWII veteran, Sid Shafner, who helped free over 30,000 prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany in 1945.
According to CBS News, Levy was only 17 years old when Shafner helped liberate him from the death camp.
The emotional reunion was captured on video on May 10 at an Israeli military base for the reunion, which was organized by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, a not-for-profit organization.
“Everything I have today, all of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, is due to you,” Levy told Shafner, according to ABC News.
In the video, the two held each other as their family and friends looked on.
During the tearful reunion, Levy presented Shafner, who was honored for his bravery at the time of the Holocaust, with a plaque that read, “You came like a warrior angel … and carried me into the light.”
Since the video was posted to Facebook on May 17, it has since been viewed more than 38 million times, and has gotten up to 700,000 shares.
“We know because of you, we have Marcel,” one of Levy’s family members said. “Thank you very much. We really appreciate it, and we are very proud of you.”