Weekend Edition: The week's best reads
"We spoke at the railway station surrounded by 10 KGB men all pretending to read newspapers," says Semyon Gluzman. "I was afraid then". Semyon fought for human rights in the Soviet Union - at great personal expense. The BBC's Owen Bennett Jones met him once in the 1980s and again this year, and this time he was full of hope for the future of his country.
"When I told them at work they thought I was daft marrying a black man," says Trudy, now 96. "They all said, 'It won't last you know,' because it was a mixed-race marriage." Trudy and Barclay Patoir met during World War Two at a time when mixed-race relationships were still taboo. More than 70 years later they reveal the obstacles they had to overcome to stay together.
"So, when are you becoming German?" is a question that crops up for many British expats living in Germany. There are about 100,000 Brits in the country - from freelancers to pensioners - and many of them are worried about what will happen to them after Brexit. The BBC's Damien McGuinness investigates.