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.
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:
A Montreal dentist, Dr. Gerald Rudick, has also helping in Dlusy’s campaign and has done much letter-writing on behalf of the family.
Here is the official transcript of the Quebec Legislature proceedings from Feb. 6, 2019.