Blatt: Sir Martin in the news    

“If the conflict were to be theologized ….”

Photo: ‘Shalom, Chaver” Farewell friend.  Illustration from Martin’s book The Story of Israel 600 words / 3 minute read The Declaration of Principles was signed in Washington on 13 September 1993.  Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat were the main signatories.  The signing took place on the lawn of the White

Wayz and Means – who knows what about Israel?

Photo:  “From Slavery to the Promised Land” from the Routledge Atlas of Jewish History 600 words / 3 minute read I have for you three short (personal) stories: Several years ago, an organisation which sends Holocaust survivors to speak in British schools reported that when an elderly survivor, having spoken

Jerusalem – diverse, religious, gay, open

Photo: Sir Martin’s map:  Jerusalem:  Capital of the State of Israel since 1949 300 words / 1 ½ minute read “On 28 June 1967 the Israeli Government announced the official reunification of the City, whose barbed-wire barriers, anti-sniper walls and road blocks were at once demolished, and all of whose

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 hemisphere

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 anniversary address at

Eighty years on from the “Big Week”

Photo:  American bombing of German industrial sites, February 1944 Follow the new Spielberg series “Masters of the Air” with your copy of Sir Martin’s Second World War Atlas, with maps such as “The United States ‘Big Week’ Bombing Offensive, 19-25 February 1944”, below. “This is the dawning of a day

“One Life” – and then another

Photo: The cover of the new edition of Barbara’s biography of her father, and the film of the same name. 350 words / 1 ½ minute read In 2013 Sir Nicholas Winton wrote this Preface to his daughter Barbara’s book “If It’s Not Impossible”: “I have discovered things from reading

The war of words by Esther Gilbert

Photo:  “The Search for Agreement, February-April 2005”.  Note two grey areas in the centre of the map – the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, connected by the River Jordan, and the grey area on the left side, the Mediterranean Sea.  “From the river to the sea” means from

The new First World War Atlas

Photo: Martin “in the field” describing the events that happened there. 285 words / 2 minute read It was November, damp, foggy, grey seeping in to every corner.  I followed Martin along a straight path cut between green fields which stretched off into the fog.  No idea where we are

The new First World War Atlas Copy

Photo: Martin “in the field” describing the events that happened there. 285 words / 2 minute read It was November, damp, foggy, grey seeping in to every corner.  I followed Martin along a straight path cut between green fields which stretched off into the fog.  No idea where we are

Nechama Tec 15 May 1931 – 3 August 2023

500 words / 2 ½ minute read Photo: With Nechama Tec, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, October 2005. In her 1982 memoir, Dry Tears, the Story of a Lost Childhood, Nechama Tec describes antisemitism’s lasting appeal and how unconnected hatreds can be toward the hated.  She was a child