The official website of Sir Martin Gilbert – 20th Century British Historian and the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill

It is for the historian either to Say what happened or to say that he cannot discover it.

To say, “Perhaps it was like this” is to mask a failure to get to the bottom of a problem: and failure in historical research is no crime. It is one of the hazards of the profession.

Sir Martin Gilbert

Welcome to Sir Martin Gilbert's website, a celebration of his life and his work, his passion, his philosophy, his favourite haunts, his humour and his humanity.

The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin is a scholar and an historian who, through his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”.

  • “Based on a true story”

    Photo: Antonina Zabinsky with an unnamed badger, Yad Vashem photo Recently I saw the film The Zookeeper’s Wife. (OK, so I don’t get out much.) Though not an “unknown” or “forgotten” story (see Sir Martin’s The Righteous), still it is an importa...

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  • Stalingrad map

    Stalingrad, February 1943 “Renewed hope”

    Above Germany, British bombers, carrying out the Casablanca directive of Roosevelt and Churchill, attacked Berlin during the daylight hours of January 30 and Hamburg that same night. The raid on Berlin had been timed to coincide with radio broadcasts by both Goering and...

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  • The Journey of Soviet Jews

    It is now 50 years since Soviet Jews who wanted to emigrate were imprisoned, and 30 years since they were finally released from their imprisonment and allowed to leave. Prisoners of Zion map, 1968-1985 Routledge Atlas of Jewish History Click Here and scroll down to Sir...

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    Prisoners of Zion map