World’s Oldest Man Dies

Aleksander Imich

Aleksander Imich

Last Sunday, the world’s oldest living man (according to the Guinness Book of World Records) died in New York. Aleksander Imich was of Polish descent and passed away at the age of 111 years and 124 days. Imich was born on 2 February 1903 in Częstochowa, Poland. In 1939, Imich and his wife Wela fled to the USRR, where their applications for citizenship were subsequently turned down, and they were exiled to Siberia. After the Second World War, the couple returned to Poland only to find that almost all their relatives had been murdered during the Holocaust. Imich and his wife immigrated to the United States in the middle of the 20th century. On 24 April 2014, Imich became the world’s oldest living man when his predecessor, Arturo Licata from Italy, died a week before he would have turned 112. At that point, Imich’s life changed and he instantly became famous. He held a PhD in zoology, worked as a chemist, and spoke five languages. His greatest passion was the paranormal, a topic on which he published a book in 1995. He collected forks and spoons and claimed to possess telekinetic powers.

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