Relic Taken in Holocaust Returned to German Museum

Heirs of Auschwitz survivor return 3,000-year-old gold tablet after losing legal battle.

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A 3,000-year-old Assyrian gold tablet smaller than a credit card has been returned to a German museum that lost it in World War II.

The tablet had been in the possession of the heirs of a Holocaust survivor who somehow obtained it in the closing days of the war.

The return took place Wednesday morning in a ceremony at a New York courtroom on suburban Long Island.

The state's highest court said last month the tablet cannot be claimed as one of the "spoils of war."

An Auschwitz survivor brought the tablet to the United States when he settled in New York. Family lore says he got it by trading cigarettes to a Russian soldier.

The New York court also rejected arguments the museum waited too long to reclaim it.

3000-year-old Assyrian tablet, returned to Germany after 70 years, Nov. 14, 2013.Credit: AP

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