Thursday 14 November 2013

Berlin Museum to get Gold Plaque Back from US Family

The Flamenbaums lose ('NY court rules ancient gold tablet belongs to Berlin museum, not Holocaust survivor’s heirs', Associated Press, Thursday, November 14, 2013):
New York’s highest court concluded Thursday that an ancient gold tablet must be returned to the German museum [Berlin's Vorderasiatisches Museum] that lost it in World War II. The Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that Riven Flamenbaum’s estate is not entitled to the 3,000-year-old Assyrian relic,[...] “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. “The ‘spoils of war’ theory proffered by the estate — 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 — is rejected.”

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