Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp, who was recognized as the oldest man, passed away on Friday. Kristal, a resident of Haifa, was due to celebrate his 114th birthday next month. A date for the funeral has yet to be set, but it will probably take place on Saturday night.
His daughter, Shula Kupershtuch, said her father died in the afternoon falling ill and being hospitalized. “I got a great father, who gave me a lot of confidence and strength,” she said Saturday. “Despite all that he went through, and his losing his whole family in the Holocaust, he had a lot of optimism. He always saw only light and good in everything.
“I remember how when my husband passed away, he told me to ‘take comfort in having a burial plot.’ There were many people in Auschwitz who perished and burned, who they were not buried. …