Pictured are proud and goofy parents Heath and Deborah Campbell,and son Adolph Hitler. It all came to a head over a birthday cake for young Adolph for his last birthday when he turned three. We first heard of the odd naming of the child when the local ShopRite refused to make a cake for Adolph Hitler, soon it was international news. Adolph’s younger sisters names also have a Nazi ring to them. Young Adolph and his sisters, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell were finally removed from their New Jersey home and put in state custody last week.
While the Department of Youth and Family Services cannot disclose details,children have been removed from homes if their parents refused to change what the court feels would be a damaging name. Just recently we saw the story where a New Zealand court removed a 9-year-old girl from her parents in order to change her birth name: Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.
Heath Campbell said he named his son Adolf Hitler because he liked it, and "no one else in the world would have that name." He’s got that right.
Cambell’s statement and attitude influenced the decision to remove the children. Forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill said naming a boy Hitler could be considered child abuse.
"Part of it is the infantile nature of the parents’ behavior," Berrill said. "You
can name your dog something weird, but they think they’re making some kind of bold statement with the children, not appreciating that the children will have separate lives and will be looked at in a negative light until they’re able to change their name. It is abuse."
Much like parents who become wrapped around the axle in children’s beauty pageants and sports, I often wonder why the parents don’t take the challenges on themselves. In this case, Heath and Deborah could have changed their names to Adolph and Eva Braun. There is a nominal cost to change one’s own name.
Young Adolf Hitler and two sisters removed from home in New Jersey