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The Happiest Man on Earth

A Holocaust Survivor Shares How He Found Gratitude, Kindness and Hope in the Darkest of Places...

Eddie Jaku



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28 July 2020
Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It's up to you.

Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all that changed in November 1938 when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp.

Over the next seven years, he faced unimaginable horrors every day - first in Buchenwald, then 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 possible life. He now believes he is "the happiest man on earth".

Now published as Eddie turns 100, The Happiest Man on Earth is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.
By:   Eddie Jaku
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 144mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   351g
ISBN:   9781760980085
ISBN 10:   1760980080
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   28 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. Edie has been married to Flore for 74 years. They have two sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 2020 Eddie celebrates his 100th birthday.

  • Long-listed for ABIA Biography of the Year 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards Non-Fiction 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Indie Book Awards Non-Fiction 2021 (Australia)

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