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”.

  • Mrs Esther Malka Weissbraun “Ettie” From Esther Gilbert

    Photo: Ettie Weissbrun and Esther Gilbert, courtesy of Suzy Goldberg A woman of strength, who can find? Her worth is far beyond pearls.  She sees that her business goes well; her lamp does not go out at night. She reaches out her palm to the poor, and extends her hand<...

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    The law of Stanislaus

    Photo: Fanya Heller with Esther, 9 October 2005, New York 680 words/ 3 ½ minute read There’s a description in a Holocaust memoir that illustrates the chaos that can develop when it is encouraged and sanctioned. Fanya Gottesfeld Heller writes in Love in a Time of ...

  • “moving forward into broad, sunlit uplands”

    Photo: Viewing the bomb damage, 25 September 1940, from Churchill, A Life 632 words/3 minute read Churchill had now to raise the morale of the nation and to sustain it; as part of this task he made every effort to stop the growing call for scapegoats for the pre-war neg...

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