Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops...and Survived

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Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops...and Survived

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, 7 p.m.

Join us as John Simon discusses his book, Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops...and Survived.

John B. Simon, an American Jew residing in Finland, grew up in Pleasantville, New York. After graduating from Hamilton College, Simon earned an M.A. from Cambridge University. He also studied at the Sorbonne and the University of York. In the early 1970s, he founded The DOME Project, a community-based program on Manhattan’s Upper West Side dedicated to providing opportunities for marginalized youth in New York City. His 1982 book To Become Somebody: Growing up against the grain of society (Houghton Mifflin) tells the story of some of the program’s early participants. Nearly 50 years later, The DOME Project is still running. 

Simon moved to Finland in 1984 and began working for KONE Corporation as a communications officer. After publishing KONE’s Prince (Otava, 2009), a best-selling biography of one of the company’s legendary owner-directors, he was named Finland’s 2010 Communications Professional of the Year. Strangers in a Stranger Land was first published in Finnish in 2017 as Mahdoton sota. It was among the four books short-listed for 2017 History Book of the Year. Simon and his wife, Hannele, have two children, Mikko and Elina, and four grandchildren, Stella, Daniel, Kira and Oliver.

Add to Calendar 05-11-2019 19:00:00 05-11-2019 20:00:00 Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops...and Survived Join us as John Simon discusses his book, Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops...and Survived. John B. Simon, an American Jew residing in Finland, grew up in Pleasantville, New York. After graduating from Hamilton College, Simon earned an M.A. from Cambridge University. He also studied at the Sorbonne and the University of York. In the early 1970s, he founded The DOME Project, a community-based program on Manhattan’s Upper West Side dedicated to providing opportunities for marginalized youth in New York City. His 1982 book To Become Somebody: Growing up against the grain of society (Houghton Mifflin) tells the story of some of the program’s early participants. Nearly 50 years later, The DOME Project is still running.  Simon moved to Finland in 1984 and began working for KONE Corporation as a communications officer. After publishing KONE’s Prince (Otava, 2009), a best-selling biography of one of the company’s legendary owner-directors, he was named Finland’s 2010 Communications Professional of the Year. Strangers in a Stranger Land was first published in Finnish in 2017 as Mahdoton sota. It was among the four books short-listed for 2017 History Book of the Year. Simon and his wife, Hannele, have two children, Mikko and Elina, and four grandchildren, Stella, Daniel, Kira and Oliver. false DD/MM/YYYY