German Chancellor Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party CDU, and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, walk back home after casting their votes in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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The former East German communist regime forced prisoners to donate blood for sale to the West and make goods for many companies across the Cold War frontier, media reported Tuesday.The German Democratic Republic (GDR), desperate for hard currency, sold the prisoners' blood through a Swiss middleman to the Red Cross branch of the southern German state of Bavaria, said the report.The Bavarian Red Cross confirmed to the "Report Mainz" programme that it bought GDR blood in the 1980s, voicing "deep regret", but said it was unclear whether it was then aware the blood came from prisoners.Wunschik, who led the state-commissioned study, also said hundreds of Western firms, more than previously known, bought goods from the GDR, a German-speaking, geographically close "low-wage country".
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