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Ivan Vranetic, who died this week aged 84, was a Yugoslav partisan who saved Jews during the Holocaust and went on to head the organisation that honours non-Jews who saved Jews from the Nazis. Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem recognised Vranetic in 1970 as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations" for helping Jews find hiding places in Croatia during the Second World War.

Virginia Ironside’s Dilemmas: My daughter is unhappy I'm giving money to charity this Christmas

Dear Virginia,

I'm not going to send any Christmas cards or give people presents this year. Instead I'm sending the money I would have spent to charity, and letting all my friends know by email. A couple of them have been really keen on the idea, but my daughter is unhappy and says she thinks it is a very controlling thing to do. I haven't yet made any donations. Do you think I should stick to my guns, or has my daughter got a point?

Yours sincerely, Nell

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