GCU recognises inspirational alumna Saskia Tepe

09 February 2017

GCU recognises inspirational alumna Saskia Tepe

Saskia Tepe

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor has been honoured by her alma mater for her life-long commitment promoting love over hate.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduate Saskia Tepe has been presented with an Alumni Achievement Award.

Saskia penned the memoir Surviving Brigitte’s Secrets, which gained international recognition, detailing the gravity of her mother’s wartime experiences, even after victory day in 1945.

She has dedicated her life educating audiences across the globe about the chilling effects of war, sharing her mum’s story and her own experience as a child refugee in Germany.

This includes speaking to Gathering the Voices, a GCU-supported project collating oral testimonies of men and women who sought refuge in Scotland.

Saskia returned to Scotland last month to speak at a series of events during Holocaust Memorial Day.

"My mother would have been extremely proud to have seen me receive the award,” said Saskia. "Thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University for the support shown to me and also to the Gathering the Voices project which shares those same endeavours.

"Now I take any opportunity to tell people young and old my mother's remarkable and inspiring story of triumph over adversity, the lessons of which I hope will contribute to the ‘common weal.’

"I am delighted that telling Mum's story as a means to learn lessons from the past, has culminated in my return to Scotland as guest speaker for Holocaust Memorial Day. The Knowledge Management course I took at GCU led to my understanding how storytelling influences our culture."