Auschwitz Survivor's Family Must Give Back Gold Tablet

Ancient artifact was stolen from Berlin museum
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2012 12:01 PM CDT
Auschwitz Survivor's Family Must Give Back Gold Tablet
A picture taken in January 1945 depicts Auschwitz concentration camp gate and railways after its liberation by Soviet troops.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Usually, it's Holocaust victims suing to get their stuff back from Germany; this time, it's the other way around. A Holocaust survivor's kids must give back a small gold tablet their dad brought to America from Germany, a Brooklyn appeals court has ruled. The court's four judges unanimously ordered the Flamenbaum family to return the 3,200-year-old artifact to Berlin's Vorderasiatisches Museum, the New York Times reports.

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The family didn't know the tablet had been looted from the museum until after Riven Flamenbaum, who was liberated from Auschwitz in 1945, died in 2003. It's unclear how he ended up with it, but the museum sued in 2010, and lost (the judge noted that the museum never reported it as stolen). Flamenbaum's family plans to appeal the decision. (Read more Holocaust stories.)

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