A Memorial evening to honour The Rt Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert, CBE, DLitt, FRSL, Winston Churchill’s official biographer, was held on the 24 November 2015 at the Western Marble Arch Synagogue in Central London.
Lady Gilbert welcomed guests and Rabbi Nicki Liss from Highgate Synagogue introduced the speakers who gave their personal tributes to Sir Martin:
The Rt Hon. Gordon Brown, “Martin stands out as a great man and a good man”.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “He turned History into our memory”
Professor Sir Richard Evans, “Martin taught me how to write English”
Randolph Churchill, “The Churchill family owe him a debt of gratitude”
A recital followed of Sir Martin’s favorite songs by Richard Winch: There’ll Always Be an England (Parker & Charles) London Pride (Coward) For He’s an Englishman (Gilbert & Sullivan).
Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld of Western Marble Arch Synagogue recited the Memorial Prayer. The evening ended with the National Anthems, God Save the Queen and the Hatikvah.
Close to 600 guests attended the memorial including, family, friends, parliamentarians and diplomats, scholars and historians, veterans and the military, Holocaust survivors and their families, from the UK and abroad.
The event was supported by Western Marble Arch Synagogue and Highgate Synagogue