State service for Holocaust survivor Jaku

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Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku will be honoured with a state memorial service.
Camera IconHolocaust survivor Eddie Jaku will be honoured with a state memorial service. Credit: AP

Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who died earlier this month aged 101, will be honoured with a state memorial service.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Tuesday the family of one of the state's most treasured citizens had accepted the offer of a state service.

Mr Perrottet said Mr Jaku "dedicated his life to advocating for peace and kindness".

"When he chose Australia after surviving the Holocaust, our nation gained a remarkable individual," Mr Perrottet said.

Mr Jaku was born Abraham Jakubowicz in Leipzig, Germany in 1920.

After surviving World War II and internment at Nazi concentration camps including Auschwitz during the Holocaust, Mr Jaku moved to Australia in 1950 with his wife Flore.

He became a successful businessman and also established the Sydney Jewish Museum, working there as a guide for nearly three decades.

He was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2013 for his service to the Jewish community.

At the age of 100, he wrote the book The Happiest Man On Earth.

Details of the state memorial are yet to be released.

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