Olrik Breckoff

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Olrik Breckoff (born July 7, 1929 in Riga , † 2006 ) was a cameraman, director, author, documentary filmmaker and television journalist.


Breckoff grew up in Riga as one of seven siblings in a Baltic German family. At the end of 1939, as a result of the Hitler-Stalin Pact , his family moved to Posen in then-occupied Poland, where Breckoff attended grammar school. Due to the war, he and his family fled to Hamburg in January 1945, where he graduated from the Wilhelm-Gymnasium . In 1950 he started working as a cameraman for the newly founded Northwest German Broadcasting Corporation (NWDR) in Hamburg. From 1956 he worked for WDR for decades.


Works (selection)

  • 1961: Ireland and its Children , TV documentary
  • 1970: sour cherries and laurel , TV documentary


  • Hennig, Klaus J .: 44 years always an alert reporter and cameraman ; in: WDR Print 12/2006 (368), p. 12