Despite his experiences, he refused to let loss or hate consume him.
“I do not hate anyone,” Jaku said. “Hate is a disease which may destroy your enemy but will also destroy you in the process.”
Choosing kindness and tolerance was also the premise of Jaku’s memoir, The Happiest Man on Earth, which he published last year at age 100.
Jaku was also part of the group of survivors that co-founded the Sydney Jewish Museum in 1992, and volunteered there for the past three decades, according to a remembrance from Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
A story worth listening to @NPR. "I made the promise that from that day until the end of my life, I promised to be happy, smile, be polite, helpful, and kind."
Eddie Jaku, Holocaust survivor and self-proclaimed happiest man on Earth, dies at 101 https://t.co/HqKLj6Qn7A
— Emily Murphy (@passthepistil) October 13, 2021