Dispute Over Ancient Gold Tablet Goes to NY Court

A dispute over an ancient gold tablet pitting a Holocaust survivor's heirs against the German museum that lost the Assyrian relic in World War II is going to New York's highest court.

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by Associated Press

ALBANY, NY- A dispute over an ancient gold tablet pitting a Holocaust survivor's heirs against the German museum that lost the Assyrian relic in World War II is going to New York's highest court.


The 9.5-gram tablet is the size of a credit card. It was excavated a century ago by German archaeologists from the Ishtar Temple in what is now northern Iraq. It was on display in Berlin in 1939, went into storage later and vanished during the war.


Riven Flavenbaum brought it to the U.S. after surviving the Auschwitz concentration camp and settling on Long Island. Family lore says he had traded cigarettes to a Russian soldier for the tablet.


The Court of Appeals will decide whether the museum waited too long before trying to reclaim it.


Arguments are Tuesday.