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”.

  • Composer Leo Geyer writes special score in memory of Sir Martin

    Sadler’s Wells hosts an opera/ballet by Leo Geyer on 4th July 2016, inspired by his visit to Auschwitz with exhibition and reception. The blackbird’s song inspires music from loss By Claire Cantor, August 4, 2016, Auschwitz is a disturbing, sil...

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    The Biggest Ever Etgar Challenge July 5, 2016

    Over 800 children from 25 schools took part in this year’s Etgar Challenge at Wembley Stadium. With a team of over 100 volunteers, it was an unforgettable afternoon filled with singing, puzzles, challenges and games. Etgar, whose name is Hebrew for “challenge” and...

  • The Routledge Atlas of The Holocaust

    Receive a 20% discount from Routledge Enter code DC360 at checkout Buy Here This Atlas presents, through 333 maps, each phase of Hitler’s war against the Jewish people, against all those with Jewish blood or of Jewish descent, wherever they could be found.  It traces...

  • Meet Sir Martin’s August 2016 Book Prize Winner From Istanbul

    I’ve always been amateurishly interested in Jewish History, especially in the Holocaust and Anti Semitism; but began reading more extensively and deeply during the 90s. The Internet was not in use back then, so research and reading was confined to the few books I coul...

  • German soldiers invading Poland in 1939

    POLAND 1939

    ©Martin Gilbert, 2009 First Published in The Observer There can have been few more skilful cover-ups in British history than the story of the British Government’s efforts to force the Poles to give up territory to Germany on the very eve of the Second World War. When...

  • “Postcards From The Edge” From Esther Gilbert

    In January 2001, Martin and I spent several chilly days trudging through a snowy Budapest.  We visited the sites of the 1943-44 period of German occupation and the hiding places and diplomatically-protected safe houses for Jews that provided refuge, first from the Germ...