Auschwitz survivor, 113, enjoys bar mitzvah he should have had in 1916
- The world’s oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, 113, is to celebrate his bar mitzvah
- Missed Jewish rite of passage when he was 13 because of First World War
- In 1944 he was sent to Auschwitz where wife and two children were killed
- He will celebrate bar mitzvah with 100 family members in Haifa, Israel
The world’s oldest man – an Auschwitz survivor recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as being alive for 112 years – is to finally get the celebration he should have received 100 years ago.
Yisrael Kristal, who lives in Haifa, Israel and turned 113 on Thursday, will finally get his bar mitzvah – the Jewish rite of passage where a boy turns into a man.
Yisrael missed out on his 13th birthday in 1916 as the First World War engulfed his native Poland.
‘When my father was 13 years old, it was the First World War.
‘His father was in the Russian army, his mother had died three years before.
‘No one was celebrating in this moment,’ said his daughter Schulamit Kristal Kuperstoch.
When he was a man, Poland was turned into a slaughterhouse by the Nazis.
In 1944 he was deported to the death camp of Auschwitz which the Nazis built as its premier murder factory for the Holocaust near Krakow.
His wife and two children were murdered there. When he was liberated by the Russians in January 1945 he weighed less than six stones.
Now, officially recognised as the oldest man on the planet, he is now prepared to become the happiest as he prepares for his bar mitzvah in Haifa, Israel, where he lives.
‘We’re going to
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