Comment: I agree, this seems ridiculous.

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I agree, this seems ridiculous.

However, the apparent disappearance of so many people does deserve investigation. I figure, this has to do more with how the government "cooks the book" on labor statistics than anything else.

There could also be a more sinister, but less supernatural explanation; government may well be "disappearing" people. Perhaps, you should read "Other Losses" by James Bacque.

It conjectures Allied Forces murdered up to 1,000,000 German POWs at the end of World War II.