The family of a Holocaust survivor has been allowed to keep a $10million (£6.6million) ancient gold tablet he received in exchange for cigarettes on the streets of post-war Berlin.
Berlin’s Vorderasiatisches Museum had demanded the 3200-year-Assyrian artefact be returned because it was looted by Soviet troops.
Flamenbaum died in 2003 at the age of 92, leaving the tablet to his three children, Israel, Hannah and Helen.
The solid-gold tablet ended up in his hands after it was looted from the museum’s storage by Soviet troops in 1945, and traded for several packets of cigarettes.
The tablet was found in the ruins of an Iraq temple in 1913 by German archeologist Walter Andrae and was shipped to Germany before being displayed at the Vorderasiatisches Museum.
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