Organisation Todt Dienstbuch – OT-Bauführer Sedericht – Straflarger Eichkamp Berlin – OT Einsatz Baltöl – KVK2
OT Dienstbuch to Theodor Sedericht.
He was promoted to Hauptruppfüher and later to OT- Bauführer, both considerably high ranks in the OT.
He was part of OT-Einsatz Baltöl
Einsatzgruppe Russland Nord – Einsatz Baltöl. Einsatz Baltöl was a project where OT worked to get oil from the ground using many slave labourers from some concentration camps such as KL Vaivara, in Estonia, and some others. The horrible accounts and tasks can be researched in the following book:
Der Ort des Terrors: Riga-Kaiserwald, Warschau, Vaivara, Kauen : In this book, it goes into depth on how horrible the situation for the Jewish and Soviet POWs was at the same places mentioned in this very Dienstbuch. Working without proper clothing, half submerged and with little or no odds to survive.
Another entry in the book links another horrible history at Larger Eichkamp:
Larger Eichkamp: “foreign” or forced laborers from occupied territories, e.g. Poland, also prisoners of war, but also “unworthy of defense” Germans, e.g. homosexuals, politically persecuted people, “half-Jews” and, towards the end of the war, concentration camp prisoners from all countries who According to the protocols of the Wannsee Conference of January 20, 1942, they should also be murdered in principle. In some cases they were also temporarily housed there for onward transport to other areas of operation, e.g. to France (see above). There were residential barracks in which, in some cases, entire families of “foreign workers” with children who, as evidenced by medical records found, were forced to work, were also housed, as well as work barracks – also for women, e.g. sewing rooms for “Eastern workers”, sick barracks and shielded prison camps.
After evaluating a flight image, there were 18 standardized barracks in the center of the Eichkamp camp with around 2,000 people – around 100 per barracks – including guards.
The actual Eichkamp camp, which was heavily bombed during the war, stretched between Harbigstrasse and Eichkampstrasse over an area of approx. Houses – (see photos below), the sports fields, as well as the forest elementary and forest high school. In the 1960s there was still a swimming pool on the “extended” school grounds of the Waldoberschule, which the students were forbidden to enter at the time, which the SS and the OT camp management used to operate a sauna. Today the basin has been filled up. Only meager remnants remind of the existence of this huge camp.
For his ‘efforts’ he was awarded the War Merit Cross with Swords in 1944, this is a rare OT Dienstbuch directly connected to the Holocaust and forced labour. It is worth of further research as many books have covered the OT Baltöl.