Israel Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli man who survived the Holocaust, was named the oldest man in the world by Guinness World Records on Friday and was awarded his certificate.
Israel Kristal was born on September 15, 1903, and became the record holder today, at the age of 112 years and 178 days,Guinness World Records confirmed to ABC News.
“I don’t know the secret for long life,” Kristal said upon achieving the title.
“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,” he added.
In Israel, Kristal “continued to grow both his family and his successful confectionary business,” Guinness said.
Yasutaro Koide of Japan was the previous oldest man. He died in January at the age of 112 years, 312 days.