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Eddie Jaku - A Survivor's Story

Monday, 2 March, 2020 6 Adar 5780

7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEmanuel Synagogue
Emanuel Synagogue together with EWP are delighted to welcome Eddie Jaku.

Eddie Jaku OAM, was born Abraham Jakubowicz in Germany in 1920. On 9 November 1938, the night immortalised as Kristallnacht, Eddie returned home from boarding school to an empty house. At dawn Nazi soldiers burst in, Eddie was beaten and taken to Buchenwald.

Eddie was released and with his father escaped to Belgium and then France, but was again captured and sent to a camp, and thereafter to Auschwitz. En route, Eddie managed to escape back to Belgium where he lived in hiding with his parents and sister until October 1943, when he and his family were arrested and again sent to Auschwitz where both his parents were  murdered. In 1945, Eddie was sent on a ‘death march’ but once again escaped and hid in a forest until June 1945 he was finally rescued.

Self-proclaimed as ‘the happiest man on earth’, he saw death every day throughout WWII, and because he managed to survive, made a vow to himself to smile every day.

Join us for wine and cheese then hear Eddie's inspirational story. Only $10/family.


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