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Artist, writer and Holocaust survivor Ceija Stojka dies aged 79

Ceija Stojka, who survived three Nazi death camps and went on to raise the awareness of the Nazi persecution of the Roma in her art and writings, has died. She was 79.

Beyoncé had Austrian tabloids up in arms in 2009 after she was accused of sending someone who looked like her to visit the world-famous Albertina museum in Vienna

Celebrity lookalikes: Stars who lost their glow by using imposters

Rod Stewart caused a stir with his recent confession that he sent his road manager to pass his driving test for him in 1967. But Stewart was certainly not the last pop star to send an imposter in his place.

Gordon in Japan in 1946

Beate Sirota Gordon: Human rights reformer who helped draft Japan's constitution

Beate Sirota Gordon lived enough lives to beggar belief. Fluent in English, German, French, Japanese and Russian, she was a linguist who shaped 20th-century history.

Klemperer fled to the US in 1938

Klemens von Klemperer: Authority on the Nazi regime

Klemens von Klemperer, who died on 23 December at the age of 96, was a German refugee who went on to write extensively about the rise and fall of the Nazi regime. He wrote numerous books and articles related to German and central European history, including German Resistance Against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad, 1938-1945.

Mistletoe and glühwein: Viennese Christmas markets

A winter’s tale in Vienna

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Lomo: Shoot from the hip

It's analogue, has no autofocus – and no flash. And that's precisely why the Lomo is a cult camera, says Kate Burt

The Big Six: Caribbean hideaways

From La Banane's secluded bungalows to a 400-year-old country estate that was once the home of Perry Henzell, director of the first Jamaican feature film, The Harder They Come...

“Mr Stradivarius”, Dietmar Machold, swindled clients out of €100m

Dietmar Machold: The renowned violin dealer who duped clients with fake Stradivarius

Dietmar Machold jailed for six years for swindling creditors out of an estimated €100m

The Big Six: Modern Viennese hotels

Hotel Lamée, Innere Stadt

Brits work up a thirst for US ale

American beers are booming over here with sales of £30m – thanks to the help of a pointy-faced mascot, reports Mark Leftly
The waltz had one paper fulminating: ‘This indecent foreign dance ...’

Debroah Bull's Dance Nation, Radio 4, Monday-Friday / The Essay: The Piano in Five Pieces, Radio 3, Monday-Friday

It's possible that Sid Vicious invented pogoing. He certainly went into great technical detail about its genesis. "Like, just, boing-boing-boing-boing," he explained on a bit of archive tape. "Like, just, land on them and smash them into the floor." Thank you, Professor Vicious.

Sparkling: at an awards ceremony in 2010

Mihaela Ursuleasa: Internationally-acclaimed pianist

Mihaela Ursuleasa was an internationally renowned concert pianist, who wowed audiences around the globe with her prodigious technique and often idiosyncratic interpretations.

Album: Beethoven/Berg/Haydn/Schoenberg, Ferne Geliebte - Gerhaher/Huber (Sony Classical)

Beethoven opens and closes this bold recital from Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber.

Lear, left, as Irina Arkadina in 'The Seagull' in Washington in 1978

Evelyn Lear: Soprano lauded for her ‘supreme’ portrayal of Berg’s Lulu

She sang more lyrical roles after a vocal crisis caused by too many modern, demanding parts

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What a heartwarmer. Documentarists Hugh and Anson Hartford have uncovered an improbable truth about growing old: you don't have to retire from life, or even from sport.

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