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Eddie Jaku Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Death, Cause Of Death | Who Was Holocaust Survivor Eddie Jaku?

Who was Eddie Jaku?

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 his 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 his wife Flore for 74 years. They have two sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In 2020, Eddie celebrated his 100th birthday.

Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku dies aged 101

Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku dies aged 101

Eddie Jaku, a Holocaust survivor who described himself as the “happiest man on earth” has died aged 101.

During World War Two, he was imprisoned in four concentration camps, led a daring escape on a train, broke free from a death march and survived in a forest.

Jaku dedicated the rest of his his life advocating for peace and kindness.

“I do not hate anyone. Hate is a disease which may destroy your enemy, but will also destroy you,” he said.

Last year, to celebrate his 100th birthday, Jaku published his memoirs.

Entitled The Happiest Man on Earth, it chronicles his extraordinary story of survival, weaving in his messages of tolerance and forgiveness. It also made him one of the world’s oldest published authors.

“I have lived for a century, and I know what it is to stare evil in the face,” he wrote.

“I have seen the very worst in mankind, the horrors of the death camps, the Nazi efforts to exterminate my life, and the lives of all people. But I now consider myself the happiest man on earth.”

Jaku died at a care home in Sydney; he had lived in Australia since 1950. He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Flore, their sons Michael and Andre, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Jaku as “an inspiration and a joy” who “chose to make his life a testimony of how hope and love can triumph over despair and hate.”

Tributes are flowing for Australian Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, also known as ‘The Happiest Man on Earth’, who died at the age of 101.https://t.co/2URB7zyzCF

— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) October 12, 2021

Eddie Jaku Biography, Wiki

Jaku was born Abraham “Adi” Jakubowiez in April 1920 in the German city of Leipzig. His parents and many of his wider family did not survive the war.

He was tossed out of school in 1933 at the age of 13 because he was Jewish but managed to finish his high school education in another city under an alias in 1938 with a qualification in precision engineering.
Jaku said his qualification spared him the gas chambers in the years that followed because he worked as a slave laborer.

He was sent to and escaped from concentration camps including Buchenwald and Auschwitz, where his parents were gassed on arrival.

He escaped from what he suspected was a death march as an Auschwitz prisoner as Allies approached.

Eddie Jaku Biography
Eddie Jaku

He spent months in hiding before US troops found him near starved and sick with cholera and typhoid.
In 1946, he married in Belgium his Jewish wife Flore, who had spent a comparatively uneventful war in Paris pretending to be Christian, and they migrated to Australia in 1950.

The husband worked at a Sydney garage and his wife as a dressmaker before they went into real estate together.

Forever marked with an Auschwitz prisoner number tattooed on his left arm, he also became a volunteer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, sharing his experiences and philosophies of life with visitors.

“When anybody left Eddie having spoken to him, they really just felt as if their whole outlook on life had changed,” museum chief executive Norman Seligman told Nine Network television.

Jaku said with the birth of his first son Andre, “I realized I was the luckiest man on Earth.”

Eddie Jaku Wife and Children

Eddie Jack had been married to Flore for 74 years. They have two sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Eddie Jaku with his wife Flore
Eddie Jaku with his wife Flore

Eddie Jaku ‘The Happiest Man on Earth’

Despite the nightmare he endured and the trauma he lived with, Jaku’s lifelong message was clear – he did not hate anyone, and only ever wanted to spread messages of peace and forgiveness to try and heal the wounds that Adolf Hitler had inflicted on the world.

He was a longstanding volunteer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, sharing his story with visitors.

“This is my message, as long as I live, I’ll teach not to hate.” The passing of Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku OAM has left a huge void in the hearts of the Sydney Jewish Museum ‘family’. Eddie’s impact, as the ‘happiest man on earth’ will be felt for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/dwHN0nX1gY

— Sydney Jewish Museum (@SydJewishMuseum) October 12, 2021

In 2013 he was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the Jewish community.

Jaku received a standing ovation after giving a powerful TED talk in Sydney in 2019 in front of some 6,000 people.

“I’m doing everything I can to make this world a better place for everyone, and I implore you to do your best too,” he told the audience.

“Happiness does not fall from the sky. It’s in your hands. If you’re healthy and happy, you’re a millionaire.”

Eddie Jaku FAQ’s

Who was Eddie Jaku?

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.

What was Eddie Jaku age?

Eddie Jaku was 101 years old.

What was Eddie Jaku known as?

Eddie Jaku was known as ‘The Happiest Man on Earth’.

Who was Eddie Jaku’s wife?

Eddie Jack had been married to Flore for 74 years. They have two sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 

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