3,200-year-old gold tablet to be returned back to German museum by Long Island family of Holocaust survivor

A 3,200-year-old gold tablet is being returned to a German museum by a Long Island family. A judge ruled today that the Ishtar temple tablet

A German archaeologist recovered the tablet in what is now northern Iraq back in 1913.

A German archaeologist recovered the tablet in what is now northern Iraq back in 1913. (12/4/13)

MINEOLA - A 3,200-year-old gold tablet is being returned to a German museum by a Long Island family.

A judge ruled today that the Ishtar temple tablet is not just an artifact after being appraised at around $10 million. The story of the tablet stretches back centuries.

A German archaeologist recovered it in what is now northern Iraq back in 1913. It was on display at a museum in Germany until the end of World War II.

No one is exactly sure how the tablet got into the hands of deceased Holocaust survivor Riven Flamenbaum, but his family believes that after the war he traded cigarettes from a Red Cross package with Russian soldiers who may have looted the museum.

Today's ruling ends years of court battles, but Flamenbaum's family says returning the tablet back to Germany opens old wounds of the Holocaust.

The tablet is on its way back to Germany, where it will be studied and put on display.
 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

A new report from an environmental research group 1 Report: Rising sea levels could threaten thousands of LI homes
Police are searching for a 15-year-old boy missing 2 Search underway for missing New Cassel teen
Authorities say swastikas were found Friday night at 3 Swastikas found at Nassau Community College for 5th time since October
Police say an Uber driver was attacked after 4 Uber driver attacked in Bethpage over Thanksgiving weekend
Although he won't take office for a few 5 Suozzi urges fellow Democrats to 'find religion'

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Need help this holiday season? We've got you Holiday Help Series

Need a gift idea? Perhaps you need a fun idea to do with the kids?

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE