John Ditlev-Simonsen

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Olympic medal record
Silver medal – second place 1936 Berlin 8 metre class

John Peder Ditlev-Simonsen (October 18, 1898 – January 10, 2001) was a Norwegian sailor who competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics. In 1936 he won the silver medal as crew member of the Norwegian boat Silja in the 8 metre class event.[1]

During the Second World War Ditlev-Simonsen was amongst a number of prominent Norwegians arrested as hostages by the Germans during their occupation of Norway. Following his arrest on 26 April 1943 he was transferred to Grini concentration camp two days later and given prisoner number 7449, being released on 5 May 1945.[2] His brother Olaf was also arrested and held as a hostage by the Germans.[3]


  1. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (September 2011). "John Ditlev-Simonsen Biography and Olympic Results". Olympics. Sports Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  2. ^ Børre R. Giertsen, ed. (1946). "7449. Ditlev-Simonsen, John P.". Norsk fangeleksikon. Grinifangene (in Norwegian). Oslo: Cappelen. p. 431. 
  3. ^ Ottosen, Kristian, ed. (2004) [1995]. Nordmenn i fangenskap 1940–1945 (in Norwegian) (2 ed.). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. p. 177.