Upset about unfair European immigration laws affecting the current refugee crisis, activists in Germany have started an underground railroad called “Fluchthelfer” (which roughly translates to “escape helpers”).
During World War II, German Fluchthelfer helped Jews escape the Nazis, and in the Cold War, they helped East Germans flee the communists and relocate to the West. Today, modern-day Fluchthelfer have created an underground railroad to relocate refugees in Europe, enabling those escaping war-torn countries like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya to gain asylum.
“At the moment, there’s a lot of acceptance in society for Fluchthelfer,” said a volunteer at the Peng Collective. “All the escape-helping movements in the past have been illegal, but they were justified in the books of history afterward.”