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NY Court to Decide Dispute over ‘Holocaust-Ancient Assyrian Link’

The Holocaust has no historical connection with ancient Assyria, but there is a curiously possible link provided by a gold tablet obtained by a Holocaust survivor. A German museum wants it back.
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The fate of a tiny gold tablet in the possession of the estate of a Holocaust survivor and claimed by a Berlin Museum now is in the hands of seven judges on the New York Supreme Court.

The table, if it’s not a hoax, could be worth millions of dollars. It belonged to Holocaust survivor Riven Flamenbaum of Great Neck, New York and was inherited by his children. The history of the tablet is certain as far back as 100 years ago but may go back 3,200 years – or it may not.

German archaeologists discovered it approximately 100 years ago in the Assyrian city of Ashtur, in what is now northern Iraq, Long Island Newsday reported. It went missing after it has been displayed at the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin in 1934 until the end of the war, when the museum’s artifacts were inventoried.

It next showed up in the hands of Flamenbaum, a native Poland who obtained it by trading “either for two packs of cigarettes or a piece of salami,” according to one of his daughters, Hannah Flamenbaum.

After her father died in 2003, his son Israel told the German museum about the presence of the tablet, and it sued for its return. The lower court in New York ruled in favor of the estate, but an appeals court overruled the decision, and the New York Supreme Court concluded hearings on the case Tuesday. A ruling is expected in four to six weeks.

It is not known if the tablet is a forgery or not. His daughter Hannah said her father tried to sell it to an auction house in 1954 but was told it was a worthless forgery.

Her brother Israel disagreed with her account including of the estate and informed the museum of the tablet’s presence, setting off the legal war.

Hannah and a sister claim that so much times has passed since the disappearance of the tablet that the museum has no rightful claim.

Their lawyer says that if the tablet turns out to be true ancient artifact, it could be worth approximately $10 million.

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6 Responses to “NY Court to Decide Dispute over ‘Holocaust-Ancient Assyrian Link’”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    just as the Germans and the Vatican are withholding Jewish owned art, hence, it credits it out. When the museams and the german government returns all of Jewish property and claims, then it should be considered. However, they sold it to the jew so why did the Jews bring it up to the german museam?

  2. Omta Moshi says:

    Why is this Jewish property?
    This is ASSYRIAN Property as they ruled the country for centuries anyone else Not Assyrian were slaves, so how slaves possess such valuable thing?

  3. Ziggy Zig says:

    Or this property could be given to the Indigenous Assyrians of Iraq who are still present to this day. Considering the fact that their direct ancestors made them.

  4. It belongs to the descendents of the person who crafted it, or whomever they sold it to. Otherwise, it needs to be returned to Iraq.

  5. It belongs to the descendents of the person who crafted it, or whomever they sold it to. Otherwise, it needs to be returned to Iraq.

  6. Angel Ruiz says:

    Many hundreds (if not thousands) archaelogical objects were stolen by the nazis during WWII and now they refuse to return them to their original countries. Why Riven's son, Israel, has to tell the museum?. Is he nuts?.

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