Known mainly as Winston Churchill’s official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert was also recognized for his seminal works on many of the crucial topics in Jewish history. 

British-Jewish historian Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of United Kingdom prime minister Winston Churchill, has died from cancer at 78.

A prolific author, Gilbert wrote more than 80 books during a career spanning several decades, with most of his works focused on the life of Churchill as well as dozens of others on the Holocaust, Jewish history, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Some of his most recent works included “In Ishmael’s House: A History of the Jews in Muslim Lands,” “Churchill and the Jews,” and “The Story of Israel: From Theodor Herzl to the Roadmap for Peace.”

In 1995, Gilbert was awarded knighthood for his “services to British history and international relations.” In a tweet, Britain’s Holocaust Education Trust said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Sir Martin Gilbert, leading Holocaust historian and our great friend. Our thoughts are with his family.”

At the time of his death, Gilbert was a member of a panel conducting an investigation into the Iraq war.


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