Following the recent death of Yasutaro Koide, 112, in Japan, efforts are underway in Israel to have Haifa resident Yisrael Kristal registered with the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest living man.
According to a report appearing in Haaretz, recently found documents in Poland lend credence to claims that Mr. Kristal, an Auschwitz survivor, is indeed 112.
Haaretz explains that following the death of Koide, the story spread around the world and this led to the Jewish Records Index (JRI) to act towards validating Mr. Kristal’s age. Officials of the JRI worked with the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, utilizing the database containing millions of entries. Mr. Kristal’s marriage certificate dated 1928 was recovered as well as the death certificate of his mother, dated 1910.
Haaretz adds Guinness is investigating a number of people and will be announcing the name of the new title holder, ‘oldest man in the world’.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)