NY court says gold tablet belongs to German museum

15 Nov 2013 4:00 PM | Anonymous
 

NY court says gold tablet belongs to German museum

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) undefined In a ruling rejecting any claims to the "spoils of war," New York's highest court concluded Thursday that an ancient gold tablet must be returned to the German museum that lost it in World War II..articleP A { TEXT-DECORATION: underline } .articleP H3 { FONT-SIZE: 1.1em }

The Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that Riven Flamenbaum's estate is not entitled to the 3,000-year-old Assyrian relic, a 9.5-gram (.34-ounce) tablet smaller than a credit card.

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"We decline to adopt any doctrine that would establish good title based upon the looting and removal of cultural objects during wartime by a conquering military force," the court said in a memorandum.

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"The 'spoils of war' theory proffered by the estate undefined that the Russian government, when it invaded Germany, gained title to the museum's property as a spoil of war, and then transferred that title to the decedent undefined is rejected."

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