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. http://www.amazon.com/Other-Losses-Investigation-Prisoners-A...

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