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Storyteller of Hitler's Hat laid to rest
ALBANY COUNTY - An Albany County World War II veteran, known for his heroism and his story about Hitler's hat, was laid to rest Friday. Richard Marowitz was a member of the 42nd Rainbow Division. While in the Army, he was part of the Battle of the Bulge and he helped to liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Those who knew Marowitz said he spent many years of his life sharing his story, with the hope that the horrors he saw would not be repeated.
He wanted people to understand how wrong everything was, what they went through, said Jerry Jennings, Former Albany Mayor and a friend of Marowitz. We're better off because of what he did in our community.
The World War II veteran was very active at Congregation Ohav Shalom, where his service took place Friday. He was known for his humor, his entertainment and his storytelling.
What was most memorable was probably the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp, said Martin Becker, a World War II veteran and friend of Marowitz. That, and his Hitler hat story.
Marowitzs story was the subject of a book and a documentary. He and a handful of his comrades were tasked with searching Hitlers apartment in Munich. In a closet, he found Hitler's hat.
When I looked in this hat and saw AH, I could actually see his head in the hat, said Marowitz as he was interviewed for the documentary, Hitlers Hat.
The day before, Marowitz had helped liberate the Dachau Concentration Camp. Anger over what he saw took over.
I threw it on the floor and jumped off the chair and stomped it, he said in the documentary.
Marowitz took the hat with him and for years it was tucked away, until the 90's when he was ready to talk about it. He joined two of his fellow veterans to speak with school groups and local organizations.
He talked to a lot of schools and children and even adult organizations in the hope such things as the Holocaust would never happen again, said Becker.
If you want to think of Rich Marowitz as part of the fabric of Albanys history, the fabric's torn today, said Col Richard Goldenberg, who served in the Rainbow Division as well, years after Marowitz.
Marowitz was buried at Saratoga National Cemetery.