An ancient gold tablet found in a 1913 dig in modern-day Iraq that mysteriously ended up in the possession of a Holocaust survivor will remain in his estate, 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 Riordan held that the Berlin museum, where the tablet had been kept for 19 years before its disappearance at the end of World War II, could not claim the artifact as it had not acted promptly to recover it.
German Museum Loses Attempt to Reclaim Artifact From Estate
New York Law Journal
April 6, 2010