April 7, 2004 Historian Martin Gilbert To Speak At Library of Congress

Lecture Presented in Connection with Winston Churchill Exhibition

Public Contact: Susan Mordan (202) 707-9203
Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

Sir Martin Gilbert, one of the world's most popular historians of the modern era, will lecture on "Churchill and D-Day" at the Library of Congress at noon, Friday, April 30, in Room LJ-119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The event, sponsored by the Library's Interpretive Programs, Publishing and Scholarly Programs offices, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Gilbert served as one of the advisers for the Library's current exhibition, "Churchill and the Great Republic" in 2003-2004, which will be on view through July 10 in the Jefferson Building. He is also a co-author of the illustrated publication that is associated with the exhibition and bears the same title. This soft-cover book was produced by the Library in association with the Churchill Centre, a private educational foundation, and is available for $19.95 from the Library's Sales Shop.

The author of more than 70 books, Gilbert is perhaps best known for his monumental biography of Winston Churchill and for his works on the first and second world wars and Jewish history. Among his works are 12 historical atlases as well as a critical assessment of one of the most difficult issues of World War II, "Auschwitz and the Allies."

Born in England in 1936, Gilbert attended Oxford University both as an undergraduate and graduate student. In 1962 he joined the research team assembled by Randolph Churchill to compile materials for a multivolume biography of Randolph's father, Winston Churchill. Six years later, following Randolph's death, Gilbert was given the responsibility for finishing the final six volumes of the eight-volume biography. Although he completed this task in 1988, he remains at work on a series of companion volumes that provide the full texts of the original documents upon which the biography was based. Gilbert has two new books scheduled for publication this month: "D-Day," marking the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landings (Wiley); and "Winston Churchill's Wartime Leadership" (Vintage).

Gilbert was made an Honorary Fellow of Merton College at Oxford in 1994 and knighted in 1995. He makes his home in London.


PR 04-075
ISSN 0731-3527