Berlin museum seeks return of ancient gold tablet

16 Oct 2013 9:38 AM | Anonymous

Berlin museum seeks return of ancient gold tablet

Berlin antiquities museum wants Holocaust survivor's family to return ancient gold tablet

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A handout photocopy from court records shows the 3,200-year-old gold tablet at the center of a court case between a Holocaust survivor’s family and a Berlin museum on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Attorney Steven Schlesinger said Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 that the estate of Riven Flamenbaum has a legal claim, whether the Polish man bought the relic from a Russian soldier or simply took it to compensate for losing his family at Auschwitz. (AP Photo/New York State Court of Appeals)

 

A Holocaust survivor's family urged New York's highest court Tuesday to let them keep an ancient gold tablet that their late father somehow obtained in Germany after World War II.

Attorney Steven Schlesinger argued that the estate of Riven Flamenbaum has a legal claim, whether the native of Poland bought the relic from a Russian soldier or simply took it to compensate for losing his family at Auschwitz, the concentration camp where he spent several years.

"Under the Soviet rules at the time, there was permission to pillage and plunder," Schlesinger said. "My client could have taken it in retribution."

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