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

May 4, 2021
The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor

In this uplifting memoir in the vein of The Last Lectureand Man's Search for Meaning, a Holocaust survivor pays tribute tothose who were lost by telling his story, sharing his wisdom, andliving his best possible life.Born in Leipzig, Germany, into a Jewish family, Eddie Jaku was ateenager when his world was turned upside-down. On November 9,1938, during the terrifying violence of Kristallnacht, the Night ofBroken Glass, Eddie was beaten by SS thugs, arrested, and sent to aconcentration camp with thousands of other Jews across Germany.Every day of the next seven years of his life, Eddie facedunimaginable horrors in Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and finally on aforced death march during the Third Reich's final days. The Nazistook everything from Eddie—his family, his friends, and hiscountry. But they did not break his spirit.Against unbelievable odds, Eddie found the will to survive.Overwhelming grateful, he made a promise: he would smile every dayin thanks for the precious gift he was given and to honor the sixmillion Jews murdered by Hitler. Today, at 100 years of age,despite all he suffered, Eddie calls himself the "happiest man onearth." In his remarkable memoir, this born storyteller shares hiswisdom and reflects on how he has led his best possible life,talking warmly and openly about the power of gratitude, tolerance,and kindness. Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. WithThe Happiest Man on Earth, Eddie shows us how.Filled with his insights on friendship, family, health, ethics,love, and hatred, and the simple beliefs that have shaped him, TheHappiest Man on Earth offers timeless lessons for readers of allages, especially for young people today.