Australia has lost a giant with the passing of Holocaust survivor, Eddie Jaku, 101.
He dedicated his life to educating others about the dangers of intolerance & the importance of hope. Scarred by the past, he only looked forward.
May his story be told for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/s3HPXBoqaH
“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
Mr Jaku was born in Germany and was sent to the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. Both his parents were murdered in the gas chamber.
But he survived and moved to Australia in the 1950s.
"I will never understand how people the quality of Germans, who produced people like Mozart and Beethoven, had become murderers."
Despite living with the traumatic memories, Mr Jaku said he didn't let them stop him from enjoying his life.
"Happiness does not fall from the sky, it's in your hands. I am here to make you happy," he said.
"Meet the happiest man on Earth, me.”
Mr Jaku published his popular book in 2020, becoming one of Australia’s oldest authors.
He is survived by his wife Flore, their two sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.