All posts by Martin Gilbert

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“Jerusalem Under Siege, 1948”

From the moment of Israel’s declaration of independence on 14 May 1948, Jerusalem – the capital city of the new nation – was besieged, as Arab forces, determined to crush the Jewish state at birth, cut off its main city from the remainder of the country. The only link between

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“Don’t let the revisionists rewrite Nazi history”

Thank you to David Aaronovitch, who in his 13 April 2017 piece in The Times, “Don’t let the revisionists rewrite Nazi history”, describes “intellectual evisceration” as carried out by Sir Martin in 1987.  That discussion, in 1987, was about the suggestion of collaboration between “Zionist leaders” and the Germans to

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Auntie Fori, 5 December 1908 – 25 April 2017

After Martin and I married, he took me to India to meet (and hopefully be approved by) his “adopted aunt” Fori Nehru, the wife of the Indian diplomat BK Nehru, cousin of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister.  As Martin describes in his book Letters to Auntie Fori, the Story

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“Churchill and Zionism”

On 8 May 1945 the war in Europe came to an end. Six million Jews had been murdered; hundreds of thousands of pitiful survivors craved to be allowed to go at once to Palestine, and to rebuild their shattered lives in the Jewish National Home – a refuge which had

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Standing Together

Thank You to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, the Metropolitan Police and the National Security Services, the NHS National Health Service, Members of the Houses of Parliament, Leaders of Britain’s religious communities, and the thousands who gathered, for standing together to combat hatred and terror.  Prayers and healing to those

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A History of Jews in Muslim Lands   

“This book is dedicated to the 13 million Jews and the 1,300 million Muslims in the world in the hope that they may renew in the Twenty-First Century the mutual tolerance, respect and partnership that marked many periods in their history” The conquests of Islam made Jews subjects of Arab

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New Volume in Official Churchill Biography

THE CHURCHILL DOCUMENTS: Volume 19 Fateful Questions, September 1943 to April 1944 Hillsdale College Press has published the latest instalment in the Official Biography of Sir Winston Churchill. Fateful Questions tells Churchill’s story during the final four months of 1943 and the first months of 1944 over a total 2728 pages of documents.

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Winston Churchill, The Wilderness Years

… in a fifteen minute broadcast to the United States on 8 August 1939, a broadcast spiced with irony, Churchill began: “Holiday time, ladies and gentlemen! Holiday time, my friends across the Atlantic! Holiday time, when the summer calls the toilers of all countries for an all too brief spell

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“Let us take the rough with the smooth”

Throughout his long life, Winston Churchill understood the power of words. In public speeches, in published books, in newspaper and magazine articles, he expressed his feelings and laid out his vision for the future. His descriptions of the wars that he fought in between 1897 and 1900 were read with