A German neo-Nazi politician who crashed his car into a tree was rescued by Syrian refugees who happened to be passing, German media reported on Tuesday.
Stefan Jagsch, 29, a member of the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), was badly injured in the crash last week, local newspapers and national news agency DPA said.
The first responders were two Syrian asylum seekers from a passing minibus that stopped at the crash site near the town of Buedingen in the central state of Hesse.
They pulled Jagsch from the wrecked car and administered first aid, a spokesman for the local fire brigade told DPA, confirming eyewitness reports from last Wednesday.
Buedingen hosts one of many new refugee shelters set up across Germany since more than one million migrants from the Middle East who arrived in Europe's top economy last year – in January Germany admitted that it had lost track of around 600,000 of them.
The record influx has sparked a backlash, particularly after a series of horrific sexual assaults perpetrated by Middle Eastern migrants which were focused on the city of Cologne.
Fears are also high that terrorists may be using the migrant influx to infiltrate Europe; the tactic has already been exposed as having been used by Islamic State (ISIS) in its November attacks in Paris that left 130 murdered. On Tuesday the group launched a series of bombings in Brussels, murdering 34 victims.
NPD has seen a rise in its fortunes amid the backlash to the influx. The party scored 10% of the vote in March 6 municipal elections in Buedingen and in nearby Altenstadt, where Jagsch was the NPD's main candidate.
The NPD's Hesse state chief Jean Christoph Fiedler called the rescue effort "apparently a very good, humane act," adding that Jagsch himself could not clearly remember the accident, the Frankfurter Rundschau daily reported.
Germany's constitutional court is currently considering a parliamentary request to ban the NPD, which Chancellor Angela Merkel's office has labeled an "anti-democratic, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and anti-constitutional party."
Social media were abuzz with users noting the irony of foreigners coming to the aid of a member of the openly-racist NPD party.
"Now the foreigners are even taking away our first aid," quipped one user on Facebook, while another commented that "destiny has a sense of humor."
AFP contributed to this report.