The Holocaust survivor was sent to Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II. 
He spent his early 20s sleeping on hard wooden planks alongside 10 men with nothing but each other for warmth and told the Sydney Morning Herald he never expected to live past 100.
The 101-year-old shared his story of survival at TEDxSydney 2019, explaining he saw death every day and because he managed to survive the Holocaust, he promised himself to smile every day.
Holocaust survivor Eddie Jakku died aged 101. Picture: News Corp / John Appleyard
Mr Jaku was rescued by Allied soldiers and moved to Australia with his family in the 1950s.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed his passing on Facebook, describing Mr Jaku as “an inspiration and a joy”.
“Sadly Eddie has passed away, aged 101,” Mr Morrison wrote.
“Having survived the Holocaust, Eddie chose to make his life a testimony of how hope and love can triumph over despair and hate.
Eddie Jaku had volunteered at the Sydney Jewish Museum since it’s inception in 1992. Picture: News Corp / John Appleyard
“He will be sadly missed, especially by our Jewish community. He was an inspiration and a joy.
“Shalom Eddie and thank you for your great gift to us all and our sincere condolences to all your loving family and friends.”
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg also expressed his condolences on Tuesday morning.
“Australia has lost a giant with the passing of Holocaust survivor, Eddie Jaku, 101,” he tweeted.
“He dedicated his life to educating others about the dangers of intolerance and the importance of hope. Scarred by the past, he only looked forward.
“May his story be told for generations to come.”
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The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies labelled him “a beacon of light and hope”.
“Eddie Jaku was a beacon of light and hope for not only our community, but the world,” it wrote on Facebook.
“He will always be remembered for the joy that followed him, and his constant resilience in the face of adversity.
“The world is a little less bright without him in it, and we will always treasure the memories and stories we were privileged to have heard.
“We wish the entire Jaku family a long life, may his memory be a blessing.”

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