Australian Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who is best known for his bestselling book ‘The Happiest Man on Earth’, has passed away at 101.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his death on Tuesday, writing: “Sadly Eddie has passed away, aged 101.

“Having survived the Holocaust, Eddie chose to make his life a testimony of how hope and love can triumph over despair and hate.”

He added, “He will be sadly missed, especially by our Jewish community. He was an inspiration and a joy.

“Shalom Eddie and thank you for your great gift to us all and our sincere condolences to all your loving family and friends.”

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies also confirmed the news, calling Eddie “a beacon of light and hope for not only our community, but the world”.


Self-proclaimed as “the happiest man on earth”, 100-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku witnessed death every day throughout WWII, and because he managed to survive, made a vow to himself to smile every day.

Back in August 2020, Eddie spoke to Jonesy & Amanda about his inspirational story.

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