Eddie Jaku spent several years in the Nazi concentration camps. Nevertheless, his bestseller was entitled “The Happiest Man in the World”. Now the Australian has died.
The Australian Shoah survivor Eddie Jaku died at the age of 101, the Daily Mail reports. “After surviving the Holocaust, Eddie decided to make his life a testimony to how hope and love can triumph over despair and hatred,” said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison when he announced Jaku’s death on Tuesday.
Last year he became famous for his bestseller “The Happiest Person in the World”, in which he describes his experiences from the time of the Nazi dictatorship.
Jaku was born into a Jewish family in Germany and experienced the horrors of the Nazis as a prisoner in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. He was first captured in 1938. Again and again he managed to escape from the Buchenwald concentration camp, and he was arrested again and again. In 1944 he came to Auschwitz together with his parents, where his parents were gassed.
“He devoted his life to educating others about the dangers of intolerance and the importance of hope,” said the Australian politician Josh Frydenberg, paying tribute to the 101-year-old. Australia has “lost a giant,” said Frydenberg.