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February 4, 2015 10:33 am

Winston Churchill Biographer Sir Martin Gilbert Dies After ‘Long and Serious Illness’

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Sir Martin Gilbert, center, died at the age of 78. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – British-Jewish historian Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of United Kingdom prime minister Winston Churchill, has passed away from cancer at 78.

A prolific author, Gilbert wrote more than 80 books during a career spanning several decades, with most 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.

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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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  • Baruch Dayan HaEmess. Sir Martin Gilbert z.l. was one of the great historians of the 20th Century. His ‘Churchill and The Jews’ should be read by every friend of Israel.

  • jon fox

    The loss of a greatly admired and towering figure among historians. He will be deeply missed.