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The Happiest Man on Earth


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Eddie Jaku OAM was born Abraham Jakubowicz in Germany in 1920.

In World War Two, Eddie was imprisoned in Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps.

In 1945, he was sent on a 'death march' but escaped. Finally he was rescued by Allied soldiers. In 1950, he moved with family to Australia where he has lived since. Eddie has volunteered at the Sydney Jewish Museum since its inception in 1992.

Eddie has been married to Flore for seventy-four years. They have two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2020, Eddie celebrated his one hundredth birthday.


I have never met Eddie Jaku, but having read his book I feel like I have made a new friend . . . This is a beautiful book by a truly amazing man * Daily Telegraph *
Eddie looked evil in the eye and met it with joy and kindness . . . [his] philosophy is life-affirming * Daily Express *
A reminder of the power of love, kindness and hope . . . A life-affirming story, beautifully told * Sydney Morning Herald *
His tale is compelling and particularly pertinent as we struggle to make sense of challenging times * Weekend Post *
Jaku's memoir can be our private celebration of evil that was ultimately vanquished * Country Style *
This simple, moving account of a remarkable life offers plenty to think about and reflect on . . . Highly recommended * Canberra Weekly *
Australia's answer to Captain Tom . . . a memoir that extols the power of hope, love and mutual support * The Times *

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