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”.

  • The “test” – risking one’s life to save another

    Photo:  The Styr River, Lutsk, just near the synagogue (built in 1626), August 2011 An excerpt from The Righteous 950 words / 5 minute read 1943, in the Lutsk region of Western Ukraine, David Prital tried to find sanctuary from the German extermination campaign of th...

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    Styr River
  • With Alan

    Alan Palmer: 28 September 1926 – 25 March 2022

    Photo: 1 November 2015, with Alan Palmer, Oxford 720 words/  3 ½ minute read One of the early inspirations in Martin’s life and subsequent historical work was his Highgate School History Master, his mentor, his friend, Alan Palmer who sadly died this spring in ...

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  • Gerda Weismann Klein: 8 May 1924 – 3 April 2022

    Photo: 14 March 2006, with Gerda Klein, Phoenix, Arizona 550 words/ 2 ½ minute read “Shaking my head, I stared at this man who was to me the embodiment of all heroism and liberty. He greeted me. I must tell him from the start, I resolved, so that he hasRead more >>

    With Gerda, March 2006