NY High Court Says Gold Tablet Must Be Returned To Germany

Law360, Los Angeles (November 14, 2013, 4:14 PM EST) -- New York’s state’s highest court on Thursday ruled that a 3,000-year-old gold tablet should be returned to the German museum that lost it during World War II, holding that the artifact doesn’t belong to the estate of a deceased Holocaust survivor under a “spoils of war” theory.

The Museum of the Ancient Near East, also called the Vorderasiatisches Museum, received the tablet in 1926 but the museum was closed in 1939 because of WWII. In 1945, at the end of the war, the gold tablet was...
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