German police say two Syrian refugees pulled a far-right politician from the wreck of his car after he crashed into a tree.

The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that the refugees provided first aid to Stefan Jagsch, a member of the anti-immigrant National Democratic Party, or NPD.

Dpa quoted police in the town of Friedberg, north of Frankfurt, saying that the Syrians had left by the time officers arrived at the scene last Wednesday.

The Frankfurter Rundschau daily quoted regional NPD official Jean Christoph Fiedler as praising the refugees for their "very good, human actions."

The paper reported Jagsch took part in a far-right demonstration in January at which refugees were described as "invaders" and "lawless primates."

Nationalist and far-right parties have gained support in Germany amid the migrant influx.