The Happiest Man On Earth

Lessons from a Holocaust survivor

by Carol Low

If you only have time to read one book in the last 20 days of this year, or even the whole of next year, read this. 

It’s a memoir of a Holocaust survivor, who’s also a centenarian. Eddie Jaku turned 100 years old this year.

You may have read other accounts of the Holocaust before; I read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning; each story of a survivor is different and unique.

I find Eddie’s book easier to read. Not in terms of any less atrocities faced, but the language and flow of the book makes it a breeze.

But within these pages, you may drop a tear or two. Not just from the horrors of it all, but also for the kindness and humanity that also didn’t seem to run short.

I guess that’s also part of what makes the book more readable and hopeful. And the wisdom that Eddie Jaku wants to share with the world.

He spoke at Tedx last year. You can watch that short video before reading his book. I only watched it after reading the book. The book of course contains lots more richness in essence than his speech.

“May you always have lots of love to share,

Lots of good health to spare,

And lots of good friends who care.”

Just read it. You won’t regret it.

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