The Happiest Man on Earth

By Eddie Jaku,

Book cover of The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor

Book description

'Eddie looked evil in the eye and met it with joy and kindness . . . [his] philosophy is life-affirming' - Daily Express

Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku made a vow to smile every day and now believes he is the 'happiest man on earth'. In his inspirational memoir, he pays…

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Why read it?

2 authors picked The Happiest Man on Earth as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

My grandson loved this book because of the messages it portrayed.

The pages emphasized virtues such as love and do not take life for granted. Victory over great suffering is key to the book's story, and the fact that it was written by a centenarian extremely impressive to a teenager.   

Perhaps the greatest message, portrayed by the title, was be grateful.

I am recommending this memoir for its beauty and kindness, which is even more extraordinary when considering this is Eddie Jaku’s story of being a Holocaust survivor. He tells the reader that "life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It’s up to you." These are powerful words from a man whose life was changed forever when he was beaten, arrested, and taken to a concentration camp. For the next seven years, he witnessed the worst of mankind, the horrors of the death camps, first in Buchenwald and then in Auschwitz, and then the infamous Nazi death march. He…

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