The official website of Sir Martin Gilbert – 20th Century British Historian and the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill

Welcome to Sir Martin Gilbert’s website.

The official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century.

A celebration of Sir Martin’s life and his work, his passion, his philosophy, his favourite haunts, his humour and his humanity. Sir Martin is a scholar and an historian who, through his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”.
“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.”

  • The Hungarian deportations and their aftermath

    Photo:  A plaque to honour Raoul Wallenberg in the area of Budapest where he had organised safe houses for Jews, photo taken in 2009. 450 words / 2 minute read On 10 March 1944 Adolf Eichmann and his principal subordinates met at Mauthausen concentration camp in order ...

  • “If the conflict were to be theologized ….”

    Photo: ‘Shalom, Chaver” Farewell friend.  Illustration from Martin’s book The Story of Israel 600 words / 3 minute read The Declaration of Principles was signed in Washington on 13 September 1993.  Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat were the main signatorie...

  • Wayz and Means – who knows what about Israel?

    Photo:  “From Slavery to the Promised Land” from the Routledge Atlas of Jewish History 600 words / 3 minute read I have for you three short (personal) stories: Several years ago, an organisation which sends Holocaust survivors to speak in British schools reported t...