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Glossary

  • Baubrigade / Construction brigade

    A so-called Baubrigade (construction brigade) comprised a definite number of prisoners assigned to various forced labor services. They were allotted particularly strenuous and dangerous work, e.g. removing bombs after air attacks.

  • Baustab Speer / Construction Group Speer

    A sub-division of the "Generalbauinspektion für die Reichshauptstadt" (GBI) (Construction Inspector General for the Reich's Capital) created in 1939 and named Baustab Speer (construction group Speer) after its head, the architect Albert Speer. It did military construction work.

  • Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo) und des Sicherheitsdienstes (SD) / Chief of the Security Police and the Security Service

    Abbreviation: BdS

    Installed on the occupied territories by the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA), the Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo) und des Sicherheitsdienstes (SD) (Chief of the Security Police and the Security Service) had the task of implementing a variety of persecution actions and pushing through other strategic interests the Nazis had with regard to security. Subordinate to these chiefs were commanders (KdS) and regional Einsatzgruppen (task forces) who helped them execute their tasks.