Soviet forced laborers in Germany are permitted a short break. Taken as POWs from the battlefield, the soldiers were then used as forced laborers under Organization Todt. Most Soviet POWs ended up in concentration camps. However, from 1942 until the end of the war, there were approximately 1.4 million laborers in the service of the Organization Todt. Overall, 1% were Germans rejected from military service and 1.5% were concentration camp prisoners; the rest were prisoners of war and compulsory forced laborers from German occupied countries. All were effectively treated as slaves and existed in the complete and arbitrary service of Nazi Germany. Many did not survive the work or the war. Upper Silesia, Germany (now in present day Poland). October 1943.