Holocaust survivor's family told to return artifact to Berlin6/1/2012
Holocaust survivors have sued to get family treasures back, maintaining stolen goods should be returned to their owners. Now one survivor's family has been ordered to surrender a treasure on those very same grounds. It's unclear how Riven Flamenbaum got an ancient, passport-photo-size gold tablet after he was freed from Auschwitz, but he brought it with him to America thereafter. Only after his 2003 death did his family learn it was a 3,200-year-old Assyrian artifact that had gone missing from Berlin's Vorderasiatisches Museum following the war. Rerversing an earlier decision, a court says the $10 million relic must be returned to the museum, but Flamenbaum's family has vowed to appeal, saying he wanted it kept as a reminder of 'that bitter time.'"
Should stolen items always be returned to their rightful owners?