Farewell to the 'happiest man on Earth'

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A state funeral was held today for the self-titled "happiest man on earth" and Holocaust survivor, Eddie Jaku.

Guests celebrated the life of Mr Jaku, the Sydney Jewish Museum founder, at Sydney Town Hall today.

"A man who came face to face with the worst of humanity but departed by the loving faces of families and friends," NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

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Eddie Jaku was 101 and was best known for his book, The Happiest Man on Earth.


Mr Jaku passed away in October this year, aged 101.

Family and friends spoke today of Mr Jaku's long and incredible life.

"And just like those many from all over the world that were touched by him, we miss him," Michael Jaku, Mr Jaku's son, said.

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Memorial for Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku at Town Hall. POOL Photo Nick Moir 15 dec 2021

The state memorial service heard how Mr Jaku dedicated himself to spreading goodwill and understanding despite his experiences.

"His best revenge for the trauma of his past was to enjoy life to the fullest," Danielle Jaku-Greenfield said.

Source: 9News