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”.
The Loughton Boys Return
Photo: Wendy Higgins with Ben Helfgott, one of the Loughton Boys, and Sir Martin’s book. Maurice Helfgott, Ben’s son, stands behind Wendy. Photo from video. 250 words / 2 minute read A short film, launched on International Holocaust Memorial Day on 27...Read more >>
“Your courage has defeated the Nazis.” Joseph Stalin, 9 May 1945. What will Victory Day 2022 look like?
Photo: Soviet War Memorial, 1941-1945, Rivne, Ukraine, August 2011 (figures looking to the west) 800 words / 4 minute read On April 1, in Berlin, Hitler moved his headquarters from the Chancellery building to a bunker system behind the Chancellery, and deep below it....Read more >>
“In the shadow of the Holocaust” (But Israel is more than the Holocaust)
Photo: Jewish refugees from Muslim lands who came to Israel, 1947 to 1957, map from In Ishmael’s House 925 words / 4 ½ minute read A little knowledge never stopped anyone from making assumptions. The assumption becomes accepted, then entrenched. I was ...Read more >>