A Brooklyn appellate court has ordered the family of a holocaust survivor what return an ancient gold tablet to a German museum. The decision is made in connection with the claims brought by Holocaust victims to recover property that the Nazis stole from them. But in this case, according to court documents, the valuable 3,200-year-old Assyrian object was looted from the Pre-Asian Museum in Berlin during the end of World War II.
How the survivor Riven Flamenbaum came into contact with the valuable object remains to be clarified. after he was released from Auschwitz and sent to a refugee camp in southeastern Germany in 1945. In any case, Flamenbaum immigrated to the United States four years later and arrived in New York with his wife and the golden tablet the size of a passport photo.
Children of the Holocaust survivor they found out in 2003 that the gold piece was stolen. The museum demanded that it be sent back but in 2010 a Nassau County judge ruled in favor of the Flamenbaum family, based on the fact that the museum never reported the disappearance of the tablet and that it was impossible to know how it was acquired by Riven Flamenbaum. Now the appeal court has agreed with the German museum.
The lawyer who represented the museum and the Jewish families who have been demanding the return of the pieces stolen by the Nazis, Raymond J. Dowd, considers that the decision is historically important: “The principle that illegally taken property must be returned is consistent with the rights of Holocaust victims. This precedent will help those museums that seek to recover all the works that were stolen from them.”.
For his part, the lawyer for the Flamenbaum family, Seth A. Presser, affirms that the decision has caused “a very uneven result»And that they will appeal:“We believe the court has misinterpreted certain facts and consequently misapplied New York law”. He also holds that the family has never had plans to have the tablet, since it is the only memory that they had of that "bitter moment”Of history.
The four judges of the appeals court unanimously ordered the court to monitor tablet return, which is currently kept in a safe.
The history of this valuable object dates back to 1913, when a team of German archaeologists found it while excavated in an area of Iraq. It ended up in the Berlin museum in 1926 and when war broke out in 1939 it was kept in a safe place to protect it along with other antiques. But when they took an inventory after the war, the tablet was gone.
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