Following remarks made by Jimmy Carr that mock the genocide of Roma and Sinti people during the Holocaust, it is disturbingly clear that the Government has to take swift action to improve awareness of the genocide of Roma people during the Holocaust.
Today, Friends, Families and Travellers have launched a new tool to support individuals across the country to lobby their MP, to call for the Roma and Sinti genocide during the Holocaust to be included on the national curriculum.
The comments made by Jimmy Carr during a Netflix special have received widespread criticism from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, politicians and human rights groups. While public criticism is important, measures must be taken to create meaningful change.
In 2019, Friends, Families and Travellers research found that over 55% of surveyed British adults were unaware that over 500,000 Roma and Sinti people were killed during the Holocaust. Education is key to understanding and celebrating cultural diversity and in challenging prejudice.
Jimmy Carr should not be left to teach the British public about the genocide of Roma and Sinti people during the Holocaust.
Notes for the Editor
Friends, Families and Travellers is a leading national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.
Lucy Hetherington, Senior Communications and Campaigns Officer
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Letter to Nadhim Zawahi. Jimmy Carr should not be left to teach British public about Roma and Sinti victims of Holocaust. View here.
Cross-Party Parliamentary Groups call on Secretary of State for Education to include Roma and Sinti in Holocaust Teaching. View here.
Over 120 Parliamentarians submit letter to Netflix in response to Jimmy Carr. View here.
Research findings: 55% of British people surveyed unaware that over 500,000 Roma and Sinti people were killed in the Holocaust, 2019. View here.