Patrick Groff answers:
The Nazis collected gold in two ways, all possessions of value were taken from the people prior to their being sent to concentration camps or ghettos. The second way was once the people were in concentration camps they were forced to give any thing that they still possessed to their captors, and then after they were murdered, if they possessed gold fillings they were extracted from their mouths. For a much more detailed and complete understand of this issue, I would suggest the following book:
Nazi Gold by Tom Bower
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