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The lecture of prof. Martin Gilbert

On Feb 17th 2010 sir Martin Gilbert delivered a lecture under the title Churchill and Poland: Friend or Foe? From Versailles to Potsdam – via Malta. The meeting was organized with a view to present a new interpretation of Winston Churchill and his politics regarding Poland as seen by the Prime Minister’s official biographer.

Sir Martin Gilbert Sir Martin Gilbert is a distinguished British historian, author of over eighty monographs in the field of 20th century history, the history of World War I and II, and the history of Holocaust. He is the author of a six-volume biography of Winston Churchill and, since 1986, his official biographer. Currently associate professor at the University of Oxford, he has for a long time counselled British politicians, including John Major and Gordon Brown (he was a member of the British government’s inquiry into the Iraq War during the latter’s premiership). In 1990 he was made a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1995 received a Knighthood from Queen Elisabeth II. Sir Martin Gilbert is regarded as one of the most eminent historians; he is also engaged in diplomatic service – namely, solving international diplomatic conflicts (he collaborated with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and counselled governments and parliaments in India, the Ukraine and Russia). Some of his most important works have been translated into Polish.

Professor Gilbert came to Kraków on invitation of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University, prof. Karol Musiał, and the Dean of Faculty of International and Political Studies, prof. Bogdan Szlachta. The meeting was organized by the Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Jagiellonian University.