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Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.

Archie Bland: We have to stop patronising Paralympics athletes

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Album: Paul Heaton, The 8th (Proper)

Mixed messages spoil Heaton's redemption songs

Album: Cheryl, A Million Lights (Polydor)

Cheryl Cole here offers her most confident set yet, augmenting the familiar collaborators – will.i.am, Calvin Harris, Taio Cruz – with fresher talent like producer Panther, who brings a range of sonic exclamation-marks to the twitchy electro of "Girl in the Mirror".

Boyd Tonkin: A witness for a younger Jewish generation

Aharon Appelfeld, who lives outside Jerusalem, was born in 1932 in Czernowitz in Bukovina, now in Ukraine. German was his mother tongue. "I come from a deeply assimilated Jewish home," he told me last week. "My parents thought of themselves as Europeans, not particularly Jewish. But my grandparents were very observant Jews."

Lloyd Brevett: Bassist with the Skatalites, originators of ska

The ska form was conceived by Brevett and his peers in the run-up to Jamaican independence

The Automaton, By Paolo Ventura

The New York-based, Italian-born artist-photographer Paolo Ventura works by building and then photographing his own extraordinarily detailed models and dioramas; whole miniature worlds have a strange, half-remembered or dream-like quality.

Tramiel (centre) in 1985

Jack Tramiel: Trailblazer for the personal computer

Jack Tramiel was the businessman behind the first all-in-one personal computer, the Commodore PET, and the world's best-selling home computer, the Commodore 64. He was instrumental in bringing powerful, low-priced machines to ordinary people. Or, as he would say, "We need to build computers for the masses, not the classes".

Anderson (right) says of Haye: 'It was a shock to see him brawl with Dereck Chisora. You forget how comfortable boxers are around violence.'

How We Met: David Haye & Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson, 36

Often comic, never heartless: Edmund White

Jack Holmes and His Friend, By Edmund White

When I interviewed Edmund White for a newspaper profile, that supremely gifted photographer Jane Bown came along to take the pictures. In a swift stroke of impromptu genius,she turned the straggly greenery behind a London hotel patio into an antique bower, with White as a sprite – half-Puck, half-Pan – grinning out from between the leaves. If mayhem and upheaval often follow in his spirit's wake, then their passage will leave, beyond the heartbreak and bewilderment, happiness and even some hilarity behind.

Children in the Warsaw ghetto in 1941

Recognition at last for children who survived the hell of Nazi ghettos

Thousands haunted by Holocaust will receive compensation, 'but it's not about the money'

Album: Childish Gambino, Camp (Glassnote/Island)

Like Drake, Childish Gambino started out as an actor, before shifting into hip-hop and other careers including comedy scriptwriter (on 30 Rock) and stand-up comedian: his recent American tour featured one set of stand-up followed by a second half of music.

Album: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul Time! (Daptone)

Soul Time! is a near-perfect expression of retro-soul style that grips from its opening bars.

How gangs have taken the place of parents in urban ghettoes

Ian Burrell explores the backgrounds of the London rioters

The Emperor of Lies, By Steve Sem-Sandberg, trans. Sarah Death

The obscenity of the past" (Hilary Mantel's phrase) is a non-negotiable part of history, but some pasts are worse than others. The extreme awfulness of Nazi-dominated Mitteleuropa during the 1930s and 1940s is now brought back to life in The Emperor of Lies, a book that confronts us with the extinct world of cruelty that was the Jewish ghetto in Lodz. Steve Sem-Sandberg recreates the ghetto with intelligent meticulousness and passionate invention. His novel is full of character and incident, but told by an omniscient narrator accordingto rules almost as strict as the classical unities.

Women of courage: Rachel Margolis

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown continues his series on women of courage with the story of Jewish resistance hero Rachel Margolis
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