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Nazi Dentist Who Removed Gold Teeth from Camp Inmates is Cleared

May 27, 1959
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One of the chief dentists of Hitler’s SS, who supervised removal of gold teeth and fillings from murdered concentration camp inmates, has been given permission to continue his practice in West Berlin, it was learned today.

The dentist, Herman Pook, who was sentenced to ten years in jail at Nuremberg for his war crimes, was cleared when a West Berlin Health Department official said a summons had been withdrawn. The official said that “proof of serious offenses” by Pook “has up till now not been presented. “

Pook admitted that the extractions, which he supervised under Himmler’s orders from September 1943 until the end of the war, resulted in a “profit” of about 4, 000, 000 reichsmarks annually. Sentenced in 1948, Pook was released after three years by United States authorities.

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