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Eddie Jaku Eddie Jaku i(19672381 works by)
Born: Established: 14 Apr 1920 Leipzig,
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: Oct 2021

Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1950
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Eddie Jaku was a survivor of the Holocaust. having been held first in Buchanwald and then in Auschwitz. His experience formed the basis for his memoir, published in 2020.

He gave a TedX talk about his life in 2019, and published his memoir in 2020. He died, aged 101, in 2021.

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y separately published work icon The Happiest Man on Earth Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2020 19672420 2020 single work autobiography

'Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you. Eddie Jaku always considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed on 9 November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on the 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'. Published as Eddie turns 100, this is a powerful, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Audiobook of the year
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2021 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Biography of the Year
2021 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
2020 shortlisted Dymocks Book of the Year
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