Holocaust Survivor’s Family Ordered to Return Artifact to German Museum

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Andrew Baskin

Upon his death in 2003, Riven Flamenbaum, a survivor of Auschwitz and the Holocaust, passed along a small inscribed golden tablet to his children.  It was “all he had left from that bitter time,” according to Seth A. Presser, his attorney.  When it appeared that the tablet originally belonged to the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin, the museum sued Flamenbaum’s heirs to recover it.  A state appellate court in Brooklyn has now ruled in favor of the museum, and has ordered the tablet’s return to Germany.[1]

[1]               Patricia Cohen, Nazi Victim’s Family Told to Return Artifact, The New York Times, June 1, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/arts/court-tells-holocaust-survivors-family-to-return-gold-tablet.html.