11/06/2024
Norwich, GB 12 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

TATJANA PATITZ, aged 56

The first German supermodel, she was the face of the 1990s, appearing on many magazine covers – but became a champion of animal rights and for ageing gracefully.

COUNTESS MARGIT SZECHENYI, aged 96

A Hungarian aristocrat, supported Fascism, married a Count and indulged in big game hunting. She was an ‘Enemy of the People’, constantly resisting communism.

SIR BEN HELFGOTT, aged 93

After just surviving the Holocaust he came to Britain as one of the Windemere Children and went on to represent GB at two Olympic Games as a weightlifter.

JANINE DE GREEF, aged 95

Along with all of her family she was a key member of the Comet Line, getting Allied airmen out of Belgium at great risk to herself.

DAVID DUSHMAN, aged 98

Fencing played a big part in his life. He was the man who liberated Auschwitz – and went on to coach the USSR fencing team in the Olympics.

BEPPE PIRODDI, aged 82

An Italian playboy in the 1960s he was part of a group known as The Four Musketeers. He had affairs with rich women and had celebrity friends, as long as connections with royals and the Mafia.

LILY SAFRA, aged 87

Born in South America, she married four times, becoming one of the world’s richest women and a major philantropist. But two of her husbands died in mysterious circumstances.

SIMONE SEGOUIN, aged 97

French Resistance partisan who carried out her work with a stolen bike and stolen gun, she was made famous by an American magazine and fought at the liberation of Paris

JUSTO GALLEGO, aged 96

A former Trappist monk he rebuilt a church destroyed in the Spanish Civil War – but he kept going and it became a cathedral, made of scrap

TRAUTE LAFRENZ, aged 103

A medical student, she joined the White Rose Movement, protesting about the Nazis. Betrayed, she survived the concentration camps to become a doctor and teacher.