Born in Austria to a nomadic family of horse traders, Stojka returned after the end of the Nazi era and made a living selling carpets. She started speaking out in the 1980s, as Austrian awareness of the country's complicity in Nazi crimes grew. And she started painting — dark somber pictures depicting the death camps that alternated with joyful images of pre-war life on the road in her family's horse-drawn wagon.
Despite those happier images, she never forgot the horrors of the Nazi era — and implored audiences not to let history repeat itself.
"How is it possible at the beginning of the new century that the Roma population ... is still humiliated and maltreated — and sometimes killed as it happened in Hungary — for the only reason of being Roma?" she asked a gathering of Hungarian university and high-school students three years ago after a spate of Roma hate killings there.
"Let my grandchildren live," she declared.