Television, books, lectures and consultancy

Television

Tom Gross has worked on several television programs and documentary films, including BBC TV specials on Czech Roma (Gypsies), the “BBC Rough Guide to Prague and Bratislava,” and a BBC documentary on Sudeten Germans.

He was a presenter of the BBC Open University program on Roma education, and has been interviewed on a number of TV and radio stations (including CNN, NPR, BBC and Canadian and Australian broadcasting), about the Middle East (and also about Roma). An example of his appearances on television can be found at CNN show Q&A: European views of the Middle East Conflict.

An example of an appearance on Fox News (discussing the Israel-Hizbullah war of 2006) can be found here. He has also been parodied on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

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Books

Tom Gross is co-author (with Margaret Helfgott) of  “Out of Tune: David Helfgott and the Myth of Shine” (Warner Books, New York, 1998) and of  “The Time Out Guide to Prague” (Penguin Books, London, 1995).

“Out of Tune” received very enthusiastic reviews in leading newspapers in the US, Canada, Australia, Britain, China and South America. It was acclaimed as “a significant and courageous work on both music and the movies.”

It was a book which tried to redress a serious injustice. It took an outspoken stand against received opinion and the big guns of the entertainment industry, and gave the Helfgott family a chance to make their case against the severe misrepresentation of them in Shine. The World Schizophrenia Foundation, other mental health organizations, and Holocaust-related charities, have publicly praised the book for counteracting the damaging and distorted portrayal of mental disability and the psychological effects of the Holocaust by the makers of Shine – a film which won many international awards, including an Oscar for best actor.

Tom Gross has also contributed essays to a number of books, including “Those Who Forget The Past” (edited by Ron Rosenbaum, Random House, New York, 2004).

Gross has worked as a consultant on several books, including “Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey” (by Isabel Fonseca), and as an editor on others, including “Germany and its Gypsies: A post-Auschwitz ordeal” (by Gilad Margalit) and “Peace Now: The History of the Israeli Peace Movement” (by Tzaly Reshef).

Both Gross’s work on the Middle East and on Roma has been used in many other books, including “The Case for Democracy,” by Natan Sharansky.

Lectures

Tom Gross has appeared as a guest speaker and taken part in panels and discussions at important international conferences in the US, France, Israel and elsewhere.

He has given lectures on the media, the Middle East and counter-terrorism strategies at Harvard, Yale, Tel Aviv University, the IDC, and the University of Nice (in France), among others.

He has also spoken for a number of educational and non-governmental organizations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League.

Consultancy

Tom Gross has worked as a consultant for a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including advising the UN on the political and social situation of the Roma. In addition, he has worked for the Jan Hus Educational Foundation (a Brno-based educational charity), for the Prague Tolerance Foundation’s “Families After the Holocaust”, as an International Media Consultant for Ben Gurion University in Israel, and as a consultant to the Jewish Museum of Prague.

Biography

Please click here for a general biography.

Click here for an explanation of the Mideast Dispatches

For further feedback on Tom Gross’s work, see the pages on the BBC, Jeningrad, Le Monde, European media, The Forgotten Rachels, and other articles.