The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' Connecting with Community series presents Jewish Writers: The Achievements of British Historian Martin Gilbert. As part of his ongoing series exploring the achievements of prominent Jewish authors, Hugh Black - a teacher, librarian, journalist, poet, and bibliophile - returns to discuss the historical writing of Sir Martin Gilbert.
Sir Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 to Jewish parents, Peter and Miriam Gilbert, whose own parents were refugees from Czarist Russia. Best known as the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill, Gilbert wrote many books about Jewish history. Among the books Black will discuss are Winston Churchill and the Jews, Israel: A History, Jerusalem in the 20th Century, The Holocaust Journals, The Boys: Triumph Over Adversity, and The Holocaust Chronicles. Gilbert died in 2014 at age 78 in Jerusalem.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.