Reflections on Roma

Work on Roma

Tom Gross has worked and written extensively on the political and social situation of the Roma (Gypsies). This is one of the most painful and disturbing problems in Europe today, though it is often neglected or misreported by the mainstream media.

For two years, based in Prague, he served as a special advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the plight of Czech Roma, mainly relating to citizenship issues arising as a result of the break up of Czechoslovakia.


He has acted as a consultant on Roma to the OSCE, Amnesty International (London), Helsinki Watch (New York), the Danish Refugee Council (Copenhagen), the Danish government, the Dutch Asylum Seekers Center (Amsterdam), the Soros Romany Foundation (Zurich), the Tolerance Foundation (Prague), the British, Canadian and Hungarian embassies in Prague, and the Olga Havel Foundation (Prague).


Gross has been interviewed on Roma for film documentaries and for television and radio programs in several countries, including on the BBC, National Public Radio (USA), ABC Australia, Canadian radio, Deutsche Welle, and ZDF German TV. His views on Roma have been cited in a number of print publications, including the New York Times.

He is the author of reports on the situation facing Czech Roma for the UN, and for several non-governmental organizations.


In addition, Gross has written about Roma in a number of leading international publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Ha’aretz,, The Spectator and The Prague Post. A small sample of his writing on Roma are posted below.

* A Forgotten People, a Terrible Ordeal (The Wall Street Journal)
* Remembering Milena Hubschmannova (The Guardian)

Other articles will be available soon.

The Roma section of the website is dedicated to my friend, the late Milena Hubschmannova, a great authority on the Roma, and to my grandfather, Kurt May, who among his many achievements was responsible for compelling the postwar German government to admit that the Nazis had persecuted Roma on grounds of race and ethnicity. The decision was made in a 1956 German court ruling after a 10-year legal battle, and opened up the possibility of Roma claiming compensation for Nazi crimes -- Tom Gross