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The Happiest Man on Earth

Illustrated Edition

Eddie Jaku



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01 November 2021
Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you.

During the Holocaust, Eddie Jaku faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country.

Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day. He pays tribute to those who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom and living his best life. He now believes he is the 'happiest man on Earth'.

Shortly after his 100th birthday, Eddie published his memoir, The Happiest Man on Earth, wanting to share all he has learned about hope, kindness and friendship. Readers around the world have cherished this book and their new friend Eddie.

This beautiful collector's edition includes never-before-seen photographs from Eddie's life, and previously unpublished material about this wonderful man.
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 192mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   895g
ISBN:   9781760986483
ISBN 10:   1760986488
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Eddie Jaku OAM, was born Abraham Jakubowicz in Germany in 1920. In World War 2, 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 75 years. They have two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In April 2021 Eddie celebrated his 101st birthday.

  • Long-listed for ABIA Biography of the Year 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for ABA Nielsen Bookdata Booksellers' Choice Award 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Indie Book Awards Non-Fiction 2021 (Australia)
  • Winner of ABIA Biography of the Year 2021 (Australia)

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