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”.

  • Myth and Reality. What Did Churchill Really Think About the Jews?

    Photo: Churchill with his literary agent Emery Reves, 1937 1500 words / 7 ½ minute read Based on a piece published in the Spectator on 17 March 2007 “Churchill was too fond of the Jews, It’s a nonsense to allege that the war leader was anti-Semitic” the follo...

    Reves & Churchill
  • Treblinka

    The Holocaust – the Human Tragedy

    Photo: The field of stone memorials representing places from which Jews had been deported to their deaths at the Treblinka Death Camp 750 words / 4 minute read In the late summer of 1959, accompanied by a Polish friend, a non-Jew, I travelled by car to the River Bug ne...

  • Samuel Pisar’s Memoir

    Photo: Places mentioned in Samuel Pisar’s memoir, from Holocaust Memoir Digest, Volume I 750 words / 4 minute read In 2000, Martin and I attended the Remembering for the Future Conference in Oxford, organised by the late Elisabeth Maxwell. Martin gave an opening a...

    Samuel Pisar - Blood & Hope copy