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 Fellows Weekend, 24-25 March

    Photo: Winston Churchill and A.J.Balfour, 1920, photo courtesy of the late Sybil, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley The keynote speaker at the Churchill Fellows Weekend will be His Excellency Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States who will be deliveri...

    Churchill & Balfour
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    Anthony Gilbert, composer, inspired by Sir Martin’s Kristallnacht

    Anthony Gilbert, composer, read Sir Martin’s Kristallnacht, Prelude to Destruction and writes: In the summer of 2017 I was re-reading Sir Martin Gilbert’s very disturbing book on Kristallnacht and its immediate consequences. I’d reached the account of ...

  • Poland’s Opportunity By Esther Gilbert

    In Sir Martin’s thirteen books that chronicle the fate of Europe’s Jews during the Second World War, Poland has its rightful place at the centre of Europe, the invasion of which by German forces ignited the war. The Polish government is currently examining i...

    Poland's Pre-War Communities