The Basel government apologized to an 80-year-old Holocaust survivor on Tuesday and paid him $34,500 to compensate for turning him over to the Nazis during World War II.
Police in this northern Swiss city took Eli Carmel, who is Jewish, to the nearby German border in 1939 and gave him to German police. The Nazis then sent him to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he spent the next five years until he was able to emigrate to what was then British-mandated Palestine.
The government said it was convinced it was an isolated case. It sent a letter inviting Carmel, now an Israeli citizen, to visit Basel and accept the apology in person for the action that led to the "severe physical and psychological suffering" he endured.