Good luck and bad teeth reunited two former prisoners of war who had not seen each other since they were freed from a German camp by U.S. troops April 2, 1945.
Bernard Brown and Edward Molnar, who live 55 miles apart, were both at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center April 26. Brown saw a dental assistant struggling with a computer and jokingly said, "Raus, alles kaput," a phrase he learned during 3 1/2 months in the Bad Orb prison camp east of Frankfurt, Germany. The guards often shouted the phrase, loosely translated as, "Out, everything's on the fritz."
The words startled Molnar, 72, who was at the clinic to have a tooth pulled. "As soon as he mentioned his name, I remembered right off the bat," Brown, 65, recalled later. "We were both medics attached to the infantry, and we worked together in a dispensary at the prison camp" after both were captured Dec. 19, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge.