Courage comes in many forms and shapes. For Highland Park World War II veteran Nathan Firestone he was tested when he became a German prisoner of war.
Firestone’s story was retold while honoring him as a “Hero Among Us” as part of Highland Park’s Veterans Day observance today that drew a standing room only crowd of more than 200 people at the Highland Park Public Library.
After flying 27 successful missions over Europe as an officer and navigator of a bomber squadron, his plane went down over Austria; he was captured by the Nazis, interrogated by them and ultimately escaped.
He was asked why he bombed Austria by his captors. “Ich bin Juden (I am a Jew),” he replied. Watch the Patch video and see why he said that.
The story was related by Highland Park VFW Adjutant Peter Quilici. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) paused in his remarks to thank Firestone who was quick to give credit to his comrades in the Army Air Force.