Comment on: Tributes pour in for Isi Metzstein
"Born in Berlin in 1928, Metzstein’s family moved to Scotland when he was 11"
Today, in Israel, is Holocaust Remeberence Day. I was ready this wonderful article yesterday about the great, inspirational architect Isi Metzstein. I can't help wondering though if anyone really knew this man. He was born in berlin in 1928, and moved to Scotland in 1939 - he was 11 years old, he and his family had most likely endured persecution at the hands of the Nazi's from 1933, when he was 5 yrs old, until they escaped (they didn't just move) at the outbreak of war. How did they manage to get to Scotland, was he lucky enough to escape with his family, did they send him alone on one of the kindertransports, and who else in his family survived? I would be very interested to know what shaped this man, who managed to achieve so much. I can't help thinking, today of all days, of that poor 11 year old boy - did he just 'move house' like you or I, or did he survive, and carry the scars of the murderous nazi regime in which he grew up, with him for life? can anyone shed light on his early years and family?