20/05/2024
Norwich, GB 17 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

DAVID WISNIA, aged 94

A young Pole who was sent to Auschwitz his singing voice saved his life. He also had a love affair in the camp before escaping and joining the American Army. He eventually became a rabbi in the USA.

JOYCE BRYANT, aged 95

Growing up in a strict religious family she became a singing superstar in the1950s, breaking down race barriers. She moved into opera before becoming a recluse – the forgotten superstar.

WILLIE LEE MORROW, aged 82

Trained as a barber in San Diego, he created the Afro and other hairstyles, becoming a businessman owning newspapers and a radio station.

SHEILA PAINE, aged 92

An artist who abandoned her studies for love, she became a world expert on embroidery after a family tragedy, travelling throughout the world’s dangerous places in search of new textiles.

MONIQUE HANOTTE, aged 101

A Belgian schoolgirl who joined the Comet Line, rescuing Allied airmen from the Nazis, she was forced into a daring escape herself.

BRUCE ROPNER, aged 89

He became an accidental champion bobsleigher, once partnering a notorious murderer. He loved speed, created his own racetrack and spotted young athletic talent.

AMOU HAJI, aged 94

A hermit who lived in the desert region of Iran, he refused to wash for over 60 years. When he finally did – it killed him.

MARGARET KEANE, aged 94

A successful painter she was the victim of a major art fraud caused by her husband – leading to a paint-off in court.