A HOLOCAUST survivor who fled to Scotland as a young child on the outbreak of the Second World War has died.

Leo Metzstein, who was 81, was one of the last of 10,000 Jewish children to flee Germany under the Kindertransport scheme before the war broke out in 1939.

Born in Berlin, he was the youngest of five Metzstein children to escape the country in August 1939, with his sister Jenny and had lived in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, before his death.

He was also the brother of the acclaimed architect Isi Metzstein, who died in January 2012.

Mr Metzstein leaves behind his partner of 30 years Margaret and his children, Frank, Sarah and Jonathan.

His funeral will take place today at Cathcart Jewish Cemetery on Glasgow's south side.

Kindertransport allowed young Jewish children safe passage to the UK, but their parents were not allowed to come with them.

Mr Metzstein was put on the train with his sister Jenny, 11, to flee the Nazis and the pair were forced to leave their mother behind.

Earlier this year he was one of just 300 survivors who marked the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport at a reunion in London.

He told then how leaving his Polish mother and oldest sister Lee, who was 16 at the time, at a Berlin train station is to this day his most painful memory.

Mr Metzstein said the only reason he and his family survived was because his oldest sister Lee overheard a conversation about the Kindertran- sport programme, insisting he escaped death in the concentration camps by only a matter of weeks.