He survived the Shoah to become the oldest living man ... until August 11, 2017

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Ysrael Kristal - ישראל קרישטל‎‎, זיכרו לברכה

He was born to religious Jewish parents in Poland when it was part of the  Russian Empire September 15, 1903. Until he died he was the oldest living Shoah Survivor and the oldest living man in the world. And, one of the 10 oldest men ever!

He and his wife had been sent to Auschwitz, after their children died in the ghetto -- he alone survived. He married again after the war and with her, emigrated to Israel during 1950.

The Jewish News Service has a short write-up when Ysrael turned 112 here: http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2016/1/22/israeli-auschwitz-survivor-oldest-man-in-the-world-at-112#.WZBHnGfWhME=

The Wikipedia has more detail and a good picture of him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yisrael_Kristal

Alfef HaSholom Ysrael