NEW JERSEY: The 40-year-old dad was attending a court hearing to ask for visitation rights to his youngest child, 2-year-old Heinrich Hons, who was taken into state custody after his birth in 2011. Heath Campbell showed up in full Nazi uniform donning an authentic Hitler mustache, greased hair and swastika tattoo.
The 2- year old wasn’t the only child the state snatched. Three of Campbell’s other children were placed in foster care in 2009 after a court found evidence of domestic violence in the home. A year ago, a New Jersey Superior Court judge decided Campbell and his wife, Deborah — who’ve since separated – were not getting their children back. Both are self-proclaimed Nazis from Holland Township, N.J. Campbell has said he was raised not to mix with people of other races socially or romantically.
Just like 2-year old Heinrich, the other children also bear the burden of being named after prominent historical Nazi figures: Adolf Hitler, 7, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation, 6, and 5-year-old Honzlynn Jeannie.
Campbell first came into the spotlight when a ShopRite refused to write “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” on a birthday cake for the eldest son. The store said they had denied similar requests from the Campbells including a request for a swastika.
“We reserve the right not to print anything on the cake that we deem to be inappropriate,” the spokeswoman said. “We considered this inappropriate.” The family ultimately got the cake exactly as requested from a WalMart that apparently had no standards for declining anything inappropriate.
As to the court battle and the Nazi names, curious minds would ask: (1) why would a father come to court dressed this way and expect a realistic expectation that he would be taken seriously and (2) why would anyone name his child Adolf Hitler?
Campbell has the answer to both. On his costumed attire: “The world needs to see who I am,” he told NBC10 before the hearing. On his strategy in wearing the controversial outfit: “I’m going to tell the judge, I love my children. I wanna be a father, let me be it.”
And finally, on naming his first born Adolf Hitler: because “no one else in the world would have [it].”
At least he’s got that part right.
(Source: The Huffington Post) (Photo Credit: NBC10)
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