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Interview with Bodo Kaping

Bodo Kaping (federal border patrol office, Frankfurt/Oder):
Yes. My name is Bodo Kaping, I am 42 years old and run the target area operation of the federal border patrol office, Frankfurt/Oder.

Krenn/Ressler: Can you explain the difference between traffickers, smugglers and "Fluchthelfer" (a positive term for people who provide border crossing services)?

Bodo Kaping: For me there isn't much difference. They are people who capitalize on the misery of other people. They earn money by violating laws, by offering help, knowing consciously the fact that they are irresponsibly putting the lives and health of the people at stake. And the profit margin sought in the area of trafficking is comparably as high as in the drug trade; only here it is about people being brought across the border through criminal means.

We speak of trafficking, about traffickers and those who have been trafficked. That is the way we talk. Smuggler is a term that is constantly used but it has no place in our way of talking about things.

And in our current use of the language, we don't speak about "Fluchthelfer". When we look back in history, it is actually something quite different - the concept has a POSITIVE CONNOTATION. They were, namely, those who at the time of the "iron curtain" brought people from the East to the West.

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Photos from the Borders of Grmany


Krenn/Ressler: There are, however, a lot of people who help their relatives make illegal border crossings. So in your language usage they are also traffickers?

Bodo Kaping: Definitely. They are committing a crime.

Krenn/Ressler: But they are not hostile to human beings - they are bringing over their own relatives...

Bodo Kaping: It isn't our job to judge that.

Krenn/Ressler:
But you are making judgements. For example, there is a leaflet from the BGS with the title: "Attention Traffickers!" and then it says: "your information helps to catch the perpetrators and put a stop to traffickers hostile to human beings."

Bodo Kaping: I already stated it previously. Whoever tries to violate the law in the Federal Republic of Germany must reckon with being punished.

You have to understand, inhumanity has something to do with it: human lives are brought into danger. As I said, the rivers, Oder and Neisse, characterize this border. The Neisse is not a great obstacle most months of the year, just a trickling stream, often dry. But there are months in spring, in autumn, when this stream becomes a larger river, even a dangerous river!

And those who bring people across at the dead of night act inhumanely because they bring them into a danger that they can't assess.

There is, then, for whatever motives, always an aspect somewhere that brings the life and limb of people in danger. And there is something hostile to human beings about it.

Krenn/Ressler: But with this argument those who helped people escape from the former German Democratic Republic were equally hostile to human beings because they also put refugees in danger.

Bodo Kaping: I don't want to comment on that matter now.



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Oliver Ressler & Martin Kren
Artists based in Vienna, Austria
oliver.ressler@chello.at








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IMAGE OF BODO KAPING
INTERVIEW
Interview with Bodo Kaping
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