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”.

  • Churchill’s “Vote of Confidence”

    The film Darkest Hour depicts a scene in a London Tube Station.  In Sir Martin’s piece Churchill in 1940, High Points and Low Points, he describes a similar “vote of confidence”: … on the afternoon of 26 May 1940, at a meeting of the War Cabinet...

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  • Jerusalem 1947

    The history of Jerusalem in maps

    With Jerusalem in the news, it seemed an opportunity to consult Sir Martin’s Routledge Historical Atlas of Jerusalem. These four map reflect the city’s history at key junctures: Pre-1947, 1948 – 1967, Since 1948, and in 2008. Routledge Historical Atla...

  • The Sword or the Pen? The Jewish Experience by Esther Gilbert

    Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: The power of words In September 1944, Salmen Grodowski buried a letter and diary near Crematorium II in Birkenau. The letter began: “Dear Finder, search everywhere, in every inch of soil. Tens of documents are buried under it, mine and tho...