Sgt. Nathan Dlusy’s WWII heroism marked by Quebec National Assembly

David Birnbaum, the MNA for the D’Arcy-McGee riding in Montreal, rose in the Quebec legislature recently to pay tribute to Nathan Dlusy, a Jewish Canadian airman who was killed in action in Scotland. For years, Dlusy’s younger brother, Jon Dlusy, 91, has been trying to get the Canadian government to grant Nathan a posthumous full citizenship. The family fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and settled in Montreal. Nathan soon enlisted in the RCAF and went back into harm’s way. The family was naturalized, but Nathan was killed in action before his citizenship paperwork came through.

Watch Birnbaum’s speech in the National Assembly here.

Riding resident John Dlusy, 91, has worked tirelessly to have his late brother declared a Canadian citizen. Nathan Dlusy died defending his adopted country in 1944 before that could happen. I cannot change that but was proud to honor his memory in a National Assembly declaration this morning:–Un résidant de la circonscription de 91 ans, monsieur John Dlusy, a travaillé sans relâche pour que son regretté frère soit déclaré citoyen canadien. Nathan Dlusy est mort en défendant son pays d’adoption en 1944 avant que cela ne puisse se concrétiser. Je ne peux pas changer cela, mais j’étais fier d’honorer sa mémoire dans une déclaration à l’Assemblée nationale ce matin :

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Feb. 6, 2019 speech recognizing Sgt. Nathan Dlusy’s wartime sacrifice in the RCAF (Courtesy David Birnbaum, MNA).

I write extensively about Nathan Dlusy and his family in my book, “Double Threat”.

In July 2018, I travelled to Scotland to find Nathan Dlusy’s grave, and also climb to the crash site on a mountain north of Inverness, on Scotland’s east coast. Watch the video of the discovery here:

Remnants of Nathan Dlusy’s Short Sunderland plane that crashed in Scotland in August 1944.

A Montreal dentist, Dr. Gerald Rudick, has also helping in Dlusy’s campaign and has done much letter-writing on behalf of the family.

Nathan Dlusy’s grave at the Glenduffhill Jewish Cemetery, Glasgow, Scotland. (John Friedlan photo)

Read my Op-Ed in the Times of Israel, and the story in the Montreal Gazette.

Here is the official transcript of the Quebec Legislature proceedings from Feb. 6, 2019.

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