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12381German Museum Loses Attempt to Reclaim Ashur Artifact From Estate

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  • Charles E. Jones
    Apr 6, 2010
      "An ancient gold tablet unearthed in a 1913 dig in modern-day Iraq that mysteriously ended up in the
      possession of a Holocaust survivor will remain in his estate, a surrogate has ruled, rather than be
      returned to a German museum.

      In a ruling that reads like a script for an Indiana Jones movie, Nassau County, N.Y., Surrogate John
      B. Riordan (See Profile) held that the Berlin museum, where the tablet had been kept for 19 years
      before its sudden disappearance at the end of World War II, could not stake a claim to the artifact
      as it had not acted promptly to recover it.

      "The court finds that the museum's lack of due diligence was unreasonable," Surrogate Riordan wrote
      in Matter of Flamenbaum, File No. 328416, in holding that the museum's claim was barred by the
      doctrine of laches..."

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      -Chuck Jones-
      New York