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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 II, 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. Eddie volunteered at the Sydney Jewish Museum since its inception in 1992.

Eddie and Flore were married for seventy-five years, with two sons, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He died in October 2021, at the age of one hundred and one. His book, The Happiest Man on Earth, has been translated into thirty-seven languages and his message continues to be shared around the world.


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 *
Resilience, generosity of spirit and a belief, despite everything, in the fundamental goodness of humanity shine through this outstanding memoir -- Daily Mail

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