updated 9/8/2005 8:20:51 AM ET 2005-09-08T12:20:51

An anonymous donor turned up at a U.S. diplomatic office abroad and presented an envelope with 1,000 euros (about $1,240) for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

It was a way of repaying a debt to the United States for being liberated by American soldiers from a concentration camp more than 60 years ago, Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said Wednesday.

The donor was 90 years old, but that is all McCormack would say by way of identification. “This is a person who is not seeking any publicity for this act — which in the time we live makes it even more extraordinary,” he said.

“This is a selfless act by somebody who is repaying what they felt was a deeply felt debt of gratitude to the United States,” the spokesman said.

This is one of many stories from around the world of individuals being very generous with the American people in a time of need, McCormack said.

“It’s extraordinary,” he said.

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