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Man Who Named Son Hitler Wears Nazi Attire to Custody Hearing

When Heath Campbell appeared in Hunterdon County (N.J.) Family Court on June 3 to fight for the right to visit his 18-month-old son, he had one goal in mind: prove he is a fit father who deserves a second chance. To bolster his chances, the 40-year-old Holland, N.J., man dressed for success — in a Nazi uniform decorated with medals, a swastika armband, and shiny, knee-high leather boots.

Campbell, who sports a Hitler-style mustache and whose body is festooned with Nazi-themed tattoos, including one that reads “Kill Judes” (misspelled German for “Jews”), came under scrutiny in 2008 when he asked a supermarket to write “Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler” on a cake for his son, who is named for Campbell’s hero. Little Adolf Hitler Campbell, 6, along with his siblings — Joycelynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 5, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, 4 — were taken into state custody in 2009 after the birthday cake incident triggered an investigation. They have since been adopted. The toddler at the center of the current custody battle, Hons Heinrich Campbell, was taken into custody on the day of his birth.

The unemployed Campbell survives on disability and appears to be involved with the National Socialist Movement (NSM), currently the largest neo-Nazi group in America. He contends that he is capable of being a good father. “Jewish people came into my house and took my kids all over a name,” he told the New York Daily News. “I didn’t murder
anybody. I didn’t hurt anybody. What crime did I do? Yes, I’m guilty of loving my children.”

But it wasn’t just the Nazi names. Two former wives have alleged that Campbell beat, intimidated and threatened to kill them. According to one, he wanted to name another son Lucifer.

In June, Campbell announced that he and his new fiancée, Bethanie Zito, 22, are expecting a child. If it’s a girl, he told the New York Daily News, they will call her Eva Braun, after Hitler’s mistress. A boy would be named after Erwin Rommel, the Nazi field marshal known as “The Desert Fox” who commanded German and Italian forces in North Africa during World War II.