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.”

  • Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler escape to file their report

    Photo: Sir Martin’s map of the Vrba Wetzler escape route 350 words – 1 ½ minute read The hide-out was a gap in the woodpile, made up of wooden boards.  These boards were being stored as part of the building material for the extension of the camp.  Before the ...

  • Anzac Day – 25 April: 109 years on

    Photo:  One of the new maps added to the 4th edition 400 words – 2 minute read In most parts of the inhabited world April brings the promise of renewal, spring with flowers bursting in colours not seen during the wet and stormy days of winter.  In the southern hemis...

  • My Rudi Vrba Story by Esther Gilbert

    Photo: Rudolf Vrba, about the time I first met him 550 words / 3 minute read “Can you give me some biographical information – I am introducing you.” “Martin Gilbert:  Auschwitz and the Allies” came the answer back. I had invited Rudolf Vrba to give the 50th a...