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”.

  • Sigmund Sobolewski, 11 May 1923 – 7 August 2017

    Sigmund Sobolewski at Auschwitz, June 1990. Photo ©Byron Christopher In Memoriam Sigmund Sobolewski, 11 May 1923 – 7 August 2017 On 14 June 1940 Sigmund Sobolewski was on the first transport taken to Auschwitz. He volunteered to go instead of his father, a Polish Cat...

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    Now They Listen to Churchill

    Photo: Churchill at Chartwell, taken on 25 February 1939 and published in the New York Times magazine on 13 August 1939. “Somebody has to state the truth” One of Churchill’s main fears during the 1930s was that the British Government was not putting sufficient...

  • In memory of Robert Hardy October 29,1925 – August 3, 2017

    Statesman, Biographer, Actor It was Robert Hardy, the great English actor who best portrayed Winston Churchill on the screen. Some actors capture the infamous scowl, the unlit cigar, the half-empty glass, but it was Robert Hardy who seemed to have got the man – as tho...